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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High School Corner

It was encouraging to attend the Christian Principals Association of BC Spring Conference in Whistler, May 1 to May 3. We were challenged and inspired by Shane Claiborne, the speaker, to live radically just as Christ did.

·  How can we create our school to be an inclusive environment  where Jesus is felt?  

· How can we be an embodiment of God’s love? ...where the Word becomes flesh?

· Let’s not move away from pain - but let’s try to interact with that suffering in a meaningful way…

· Are we connecting our deepest passions as educators to the world’s deepest pains?

Local Immersion Learning Experiences: The local immersion learning experiences of the Grade 11’s during PEAK Week have been eye-opening, memorable, and transformative, and we want to thank the VCS community for your support, contributions, and prayers. The Grade 11 students from VCS as well as those from JKCS have been greatly impacted by the organizations that hosted and blessed us (New Beginnings Baptist Church and its Say Yes and Food Bank programs in East Vancouver; First Christian Reformed Church and its refugee support ministry in East Vancouver; Surrey Urban Mission in Surrey; Jacob’s Well in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside; A Rocha and its environmental stewardship in Surrey). The students have also made lasting friendships with the neighbours, children, and staff from these various ministries.

The VCS/JKCS Grade 11 students have been sharing testimonies of the ways the Spirit is present in these communities and the powerful ways in which God has been speaking into their lives through these experiences. In their PEAK Week teams, students have presented at two high school chapels at VCS and one at JKCS. We are grateful for the opportunity to debrief, reflect, and share about God’s goodness and healing with the school communities and look forward to continuing to do so through conversations at home and with friends, speaking at church fellowships, and through a final project for Career Life Education/Connection class.

In addition, as a follow up to PEAK Week and continuing partnership with the ministries/organizations our student teams have visited, students are returning to their host locations for two more ministry opportunities. Since each location has different schedules and programs, teams will visit outside of school hours, and will determine together with their teacher leaders the best dates and times (which will be communicated to parents). One team has already served at New Beginnings’ food bank event and Say Yes program for a day and another team joined Jacob’s Well’s Wednesday community worship night. More opportunities for all the teams to return will come soon. Grade 11 students are excused from classes on Friday, May 31, in lieu of the time outside of school spent at their respective ministries/organizations. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Ho at jho@vancs.org

 Grade 12 Graduation Banquet

Friday, May 31, 2019

Hilton Hotel near Metrotown

Tickets: $80 per person; $50 per child 4-10 years old.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Contact Hannah C for tickets:

hannahc3@myvcs.ca

Grade 12 Graduation Ceremony

Monday, June 10, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Michael J Fox Theatre

Tickets: Complimentary

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Contact Hannah Chan for tickets:

hannahc3@myvcs.ca

 

 

 

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Athletics Update

All three badminton teams participated in the BCCSSAA championships this past week. Congratulations to the bantam badminton team for finishing 3rd and to Gwen Tsang & Robyn Lam who placed 1st in girls doubles.   

Congratulations to the Jr. Ultimate Team for winning their game against King David this past week. The team continues to improve with every game and tournament and is learning new strategies to build a foundation for next year.

Congratulations to Marco K. (gr 12) for being chosen to play on the Single A BC All Star Basketball Team and the Single A BC Provincial Championship Team.

 

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Updates and Announcements

Volunteer Traffic Supervision: Please check for cancellations, and fill in if you can. If you are at school and see that we are short a volunteer, please grab a vest and check in with Alfredo. Thank you!

Please help! We are missing a very popular book from the learning commons that was not checked out. If you see it at home, please return it. Thanks!

P.S. Please also return any other overdue books.

 Elementary Running Club: A big congratulations to all the kids that participated in the 2.5 km BMO Kids run this past weekend. It was such a fun event with lots of positive VCS spirit! We will continue to meet every Tuesday after school until the end of May. The last practice of the school year will be Tuesday, May 28. Special thanks to the running coordinator, Vanessa Neufeld, and all staff and parents supporters for encouraging our kids to run!

 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/

 

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K-5 Sports Day

Friday, May 17 is Superhero Sports Day for students in K through 5! Students will be divided into teams and will move through different activity stations for a morning of fun, cooperation and a little bit of competition. This will be a half day of school and all K-7 students are to be picked up at 12:00 noon. Grade six students will be helping with teams and stations, and grade sevens will be doing other activities through the morning.

Sports Day is always a success due to a high level of parent participation; you are invited to join us and accompany a K-2 or a gr 3-5 team through the activities, or help a teacher run a station. Please go to the Signup Genius link on the VCS website to sign up. Volunteers can reserve child care for their preschoolers, also on the Signup Genius.

Please note that before May 10, we will do our best to place team leaders in a group with their own K-2 or gr 3-5 children. After that date, we will not make changes to team lists.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4EABA72BA6F58-superhero

 

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VCS Walk: Updates

Thank you to those who have already signed up to walk with your child’s class; we still have more spots available for those parents wishing to help out in this way. If your child is in middle or high school, please feel free to sign up to help with corner crossings and general encouragement along the walk route. We also need parent counters to help us tally all the funds raised.

One of our students is hosting an afterschool lemonade stand on May 6,8,10,13,15, and 22nd, with all proceeds going to our VCS Walk. Bring your own cup for a discount!

 

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