Growing, Grounding, Glorifying— Glorifying Christ through Educational Excellence

This year, high school teachers are walking alongside 188 high school students. We have planned many educational experiences for our students. Our Student Leadership Retreat last week included more than 35 students from Student Council, Peer Mediation, Worship Council, and Grad Council. Our music department is bursting at the seams; 85 of our high school students are in band, choir, or strings orchestra. Our annual Christmas celebration, Evening in December, will be held at the local Michael J. Fox Theatre. Our students have more opportunities for academic and personal support through our expanded Student Support Services which include our Educational Support Team, Resource Teachers and Counselling Team. PEAK Week plans are underway and we ask for your prayers for a week of transforming experiences. In April, we will be hosting our first Fine Arts Café where our students will be able to share and showcase their creative works. The grad classes of 2020 and 2021 have met with a UBC student advisor who came to share about the UBC campus next week. The Israel-Palestine 2020 Team has begun preparations and studies of the Holy Land. At the core of all the planning, the deep hope is that we will be able to glorify Christ through educational excellence.

Last Thursday we were encouraged as we greeted the parents that came to our Meet the Teacher Night. It was evident through our teachers’ testimonies that they are passionate about their calling as Christian teachers and that they authentically desire to ground our students biblically to be passionate about their faith. It was our goal for parents to be able to get to know our staff on a more professional and personal level. We believe that this builds trust. It is important that you meet and get to know the teachers with whom you are entrusting your children at VCS.

If you have any positive feedback, encouragements, thoughts, concerns or questions, please connect with the teacher or staff directly through e-mail. As well, I value your thoughts, input and participation and would love to meet with you anytime. Please do not hesitate to connect with me at gvoo@vancouverchristian.org.

Growing graduates together,

Mrs. G. Voo, High School Principal

 

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Updates and Announcements

Applications for Kindergarten 2020 were sent home with older siblings last week. If you did not receive one for your child, please email office@vancs.org with your to be Kindergarten child’s first and last name, birthdate, older sibling’s name, and sibling’s homeroom.

New Staff Member: Welcome to Mr. Wil Cheung, who is teaching some of our grade five and six French classes!

The Weather! A number of our students have been surprised by the chilly mornings lately; summer is over and we're starting to experience fall temperatures! Please help your child to dress appropriately for the weather with warmer jackets and rain coats.

Traffic Volunteers Needed: Our traffic volunteer roster is looking bare. Please remember to sign up to do traffic duty 4 times over the course of the year.

The Vancouver Public Library, Renfrew Branch is Offering the Following Programs for Young People. Contact the library for details.

Registration required:

· Tween Book Club (Tuesdays Oct 1 & 29, Nov 26)

· Write Now! Creative Writing for Kids (Thursdays Oct 10, Nov 14, Dec 12)

· Reading Buddies (Mondays, Oct 28 – Nov 25)

·  Coding Awbie Adventures (Thursday, Nov 21)

Drop-ins:

· Lego Block Party (Wednesdays, 3:30pm)

· Afternoon at the Movies (Fridays, 3:30pm)

· Family Fort Fun (Thursdays, Sept 26, Oct. 31, Nov 28)

· Family Board Games (Sundays, 1:30pm)

 

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VCS Open Houses

VCS Middle School and High School Open House: Thursday October 10

I know that many of you refer friends and neighbours to our Open House events; thank you! This year, we are having a special gr 6 - 12 event next Thursday, 10 October. We would like all our guests to know that the evening will begin promptly at 7 pm, with an important presentation. Following that, there will be staff on hand to answer questions and give tours of our middle and high school classrooms and facilities. Thank you again for getting the word out!

 VCS Elementary Open House: Tuesday October 15

We anticipate a busy evening for our K - 5 Open House, beginning at 6 pm.  Tours will be available every 15 minutes until 8 pm. We would love to have some baking to serve our guests, and some hosts to help with refreshments.  If you are able to do either or both, please sign up under VCS Baking Volunteers under “Sign Ups” at vancs.org, or using this form: VCS Open House Baking/Hosting Sign Up. Thank you for your help with this!

 

 

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Traffic Updates

Neighbour concern: Please consider carefully whether you need to park on Malta Place, the small cul de sac off of Malta. A woman with a visible disability asked one of our parents to move her car and was ignored. She would not provide her address. As much as possible, please avoid parking in this area. 

Stop at the stop signs:  there are still a lot of rolling stops happening.  It is critical that you come to a complete stop on Mons and Worthington, as well as Falaise and Worthington.

Dieppe and 18th:  Some parents have been observed entering 18th off of Rupert and driving DOWN Dieppe.  This is not an entry point and you are creating bottlenecks for parents who are driving in the correct direction.

The flow map has been attached for your convenience.  

 

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Superintendent's Corner

Thanksgiving Chapel: We are celebrating! Well over 80 years ago, a small group of Dutch Christian immigrants began building their dream for the first Christian school in Vancouver and the first of its kind in B.C. Vancouver Christian School was the culmination of that dream and has been in operation for 70 years! Although we are not making huge splashes about this (last year, we did a lot of celebrating already), we will be having an all-school chapel on October 11th at 11:30 with the theme, “Cultivating Community for the Past 70 Years.” You are welcome to join us. Space will be limited, but there will be some standing room at the sides and back of the gym.

 

You Asked!  (Our Q and A section) Are all VCS teachers certified? 

Yes!  This is a requirement from the Ministry of Education, whether you are in public or independent education. All teachers must be registered with the Teacher Regulation Branch.  Like most schools, almost all of our teachers have graduated from UBC or TWU or SFU in education. And like almost all schools, we have a few teachers who may have graduated with a degree in education from outside the country such as the US or Taiwan; they too must qualify for certification from the Teacher’s Regulation Branch (TRB). In very small instances, schools can seek a Letter of Permission from the TRB to teach a restricted subject such as Biblical Studies or music. A great example is Miss Krebs, our amazing strings teacher; she has a Masters in violin performance from UBC, but does not have an education degree. She has received permission to teach Strings at VCS, and has earned a teaching certificate. VCS teachers have a wide range of specialized training from degrees in biology to music to math to French and a number of them have completed or are working on their masters’ degrees. 

 

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Hot Lunches for 2019-2020!

The first hot lunch will be this coming Monday, October 7. Orders must be placed by 9am Saturday October 5. Going forward, the deadline for ordering will be the Monday at midnight of the week prior to the hot lunch date. New parents who would like to participate must use the following link to set up an account: munchalunch.com/schools/vancouverchristian/. Returning parents, please be sure to assign your children to their new classes.

 

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES - Superintendent and Other Positions

Vancouver Christian School, a diverse urban K-12 learning community has potential openings in the following areas:

SUPERINTENDENT

EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANTS for K - 12
An Education Assistant certificate/diploma or Special Education certificate/diploma is preferred. Relevant experience such as Applied Behavior Analysis/Behavior Interventionist training or other experience working with students with diverse learning needs is an asset. For Grades 11 & 12, experience with tutoring or teaching students in senior science and senior math courses is an asset. 

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and statement of faith to:

K - Gr. 8 Mrs. Vanessa Neufeld (vneufeld@vancs.org), Educational Support Services Coordinator (Elementary & Middle School)

Gr. 9 - 12 Mrs. Mae Ward (mward@vancs.org), Educational Support Services Coordinator (High School)

TEACHER ON CALL for K - 12

Experienced Teachers are needed for our Teacher On Call list for the 2019 - 2020 school year. Certified teachers are given preference. Please email your cover letter, resume, certification document (if available), your philosophy of Christian education, and a statement of faith to one of the following VCS Administrators. Please chose the administrator of the grade group you prefer most. If you would like to teach in a couple or all of our divisions, please let the administrator know.

Mrs. Andrea Wiebe (awiebe@vancs.org), Elementary Principal (K - Gr. 5)

Mrs. Mary DeBoer (mdeboer@vancs.org), Middle School Principal (Gr. 6 - 8)

Mr. Wes Liu (wliu@vancs.org), High School Vice-Principal (Gr. 9 - 12)

TEACHERS

Elementary School Opening (Kindergarten - Grade 5)

  • Primary (K - Gr. 3) Teacher - Part Time (0.25)

Middle School Openings (Grades 6 - 8)

  • French Teacher

High School Openings (Grades 9-12)

  • French Teacher

  • Resource Teacher:  Specializing in educating students with exceptionalities, such as students with developmental disabilities, emotional or behavioural disorders, learning disabilities.

VCS offers teachers a competitive compensation package with an out-of-province relocation stipend. Please email your resume, teaching certification, statement of faith, philosophy of Christian education to the following persons.

  • Elementary School Openings: Andrea Wiebe, Elementary School Principal (awiebe@vancouverchristian.org) with a cc to Ellen Freestone, Superintendent

  • Middle School Openings: Mary DeBoer, Middle School Principal (mdeboer@vancouverchristian.org) with a cc to Ellen Freestone, Superintendent (efreestone@vancouverchristian.org)

  • High School Openings:  Grace Voo, High School Principal (gvoo@vancouverchristian.org) with a cc to Ellen Freestone, Superintendent (efreestone@vancouverchristian.org)

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High School Corner: First Week of Classes

It has been a great week of learning and collaborating in classes! This week, students were able to meet their teachers and get to know what they will be learning in their courses this year. We are pleased to be able to offer new courses such as 20th Century World History 12, Film and Television 11/12 and interdisciplinary project-based learning courses where students can create pop-up businesses or design green spaces.

We look forward to the new school year ahead and the blessing to be able to have you play a role in cultivating our school community through love, grace and joy.

Positive referral letters: Staff members, including teachers and Mrs. Voo, are seeking opportunities throughout the year to acknowledge high school students for positive behaviour, and to honour students who demonstrate respect, kindness and a growth mindset. High school students who are referred will receive positive referral letters. Students will be referred for the following reasons:

· Being respectful and showing kindness

· Contributing to our school community in a positive way

· Academic improvement

· Behavioural improvement

·  Contributing to the well-being of others, or focusing on one's own well-being

Reminder about device usage: Laptops and Chromebooks are permitted under staff supervision only. This includes during lunch times and breaks and in areas such as the learning commons, idea rooms, halls, lobby, and classrooms. A reminder that students should not be using cell phones in the building.

Congratulations to Ryan L (Grade 10) for having his amazing photos selected in the 2019 People’s Choice Photo Entries. “The top photos have been included here for selection of People's Choice. Cast your vote by liking the image(s) of your choice for the FutureBook Photography Contest!” Vote for Ryan’s photos!

 

 

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Updates and Announcements

Gr 4-8 X-Country/Track & Field/Running Club has started already. Please hand your permission forms to your homeroom teacher or Vanessa Neufeld. Practices are Wednesday morning 8:00-8:30 am and Friday 3:15-4:00 pm. Students wanting to compete in events need to attend at least one practice a week. Students wanting to purchase a VCS X-Country/Track & Field t-shirt can email vneufeld@vancouverchristian.org

Weeding Event: If you are interested in helping weed the flower beds at the school, consider joining Nicole Wicke this Saturday (September 21) morning from 9-11 am. Bring gardening tools if you have them, even an old, sturdy fork would help. 

Carpool Needed: A VCS family, living in the West End near Barclay and Bute, is looking to share carpool responsibilities. If you are close, or on route to VCS from this area and can help out, please email Valerie at:  thevancouvergroover@hotmail.com

 

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