Viking Voice – 01/08/2014

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THE VIKING VOICE

A Weekly Newsletter from the Administrator’s Office Vol. 18 No. 16
DO RIGHT: We Will Serve the Lord ~ Joshua 24:15
www.vandaliachristian.com
You cannot make a difference in someone’s life if you are not different.
January 8, 2014

Upcoming Events

Jan. 8 Report Cards Go Home
Jan. 20 NCCSA Academic Testing Begins
Jan. 21 100th Day of School Celebration
Jan. 22 Progress Reports available through HeadMaster Online
Feb. 3 Teacher Workday – School Closed
Feb. 10-11 NCCSA Fine Arts Solo/Small Group Competition – Friendship Christian
Feb. 12 Progress Reports available through HeadMaster Online
Feb. 14 NCCSA Regional Playoffs
Feb. 20-22 NCCSA State Basketball Tournament – Gospel Light Christian

Opportunity Scholarship and Special Needs Grants  NCCSEA logo

     On February 1, 2014, history will be made in North Carolina. This is the date when the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA) will provide application information on its website, www.ncseaa.edu, so parents can apply for the new North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship Grants. The NCSEAA will begin awarding scholarship grants to parents on March 1, 2014. The NC General Assembly provided funding for approximately 2,500 students. However, if there is a large number of applicants, additional funds will be requested.

     The new Children with Disabilities Scholarship Grant for special needs students also begins in 2014, and priority will be given to students who received a tax credit during the previous semester. Applications for the spring 2014 semester are currently available on the State Education Assistance Authority website (www.ncseaa.edu).

     Typically, one of the best advertisements for our school is our satisfied parents. Since these grants are currently available only to parents whose children are currently enrolled in public schools looking to make the move to private education, it is important to let them know how to apply. Although I will announce this information to new families planning to enroll for the first time in Fall of 2014, we suggest that you tell your friends considering VCS to give us a call so we can give them the scholarship information.  (We will post this link to our website as well.)

     A website has been designed for parents to see if they qualify for the grant: www.schoolchoicenc.org. Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (www.pefnc.org) is providing good information for prospective parents.

Christmas Teacher Appreciation Note from Scott Kurtz

     “Parents and friends of Vandalia Christian School: I am excited to let you know that we surpassed our goal of $13,000 for the recent Christmas Teacher Bonus Program.  In fact, thanks to your involvement, we set another all-time record, with over $15,000 coming in!  The teachers and staff members were very encouraged and thankful.  Your show of gratitude means so much to them.

     Personally, I also want to extend a note of ‘thanks.’  It never ceases to amaze me how you, the parents and friends of VCS, so faithfully give of yourselves to our school.  It is a blessing to me to see your sacrifice.  I am again reminded of Paul’s sentiments in 2 Corinthians 8:5 where he thanks the Macedonian churches for their giving, ‘And [this they did], not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.’
     May God continue to bless you and Vandalia Christian School in 2014.”
     Scott Kurtz – VCS-PTF President

Babysitting Service

     We have a school parent that is interested in doing some late-afternoon/evening and weekend babysitting for children of VCS families.  If you are in need of these services, please contact Gail Welker at 336-314-1668.  Thank you.

Re-enrollment

     Before you know it,  we are going to start the re-enrollment process for next fall.  As in years past, we will have a brief meeting to discuss the upcoming year and distribute re-enrollment packets.  We will schedule several meetings for the morning, afternoon and evening to hopefully accommodate all of our school families.  Those dates will be sent home soon.  Please make your plans to attend one of the meetings.  We had some families that ended up on waiting lists because they did not come to a reenrollment meeting.  We cannot guarantee re-enrollment if you wait until open enrollment to attend a meeting.  As always, if you have any questions, please let me know.

Financial Office News

     Please note that all accounts must be current for families to have access to HeadMaster and receive semester report cards.  Also, remember that tuition is due by the first of each month.  If you have any problems or concerns, please feel free to contact Mrs. Overaker at 379-8380 x.14.  Report cards, progress reports, access to HeadMaster Online and transcripts will not be available if accounts are not current.

Inclement Weather  Inclement Weather

     Please keep in mind that if we close or delay school you will receive a call through our SchoolCast mass communication system.  We also post that information on channels 2, 8 and 12.  If you do not get a call or see it posted, that means we are on a regular schedule.  Since we do not run busses we can often open school when the public schools cannot.  With that being said, when we have wintry weather and VCS is open but you do not feel comfortable driving to school or sending your students that drive, please don’t.  We will ALWAYS forgive tardies and absences due to inclement weather when school is open.

Bibles

     As part of our out-reach program, we would like to collect any unused Bibles you might have around your home.  We will collect them at “C” Building.  Thank you.

Europe Trip 2015

     If you were not able to attend the meeting in October concerning the trip we are planning to London, Paris, Switzerland and Austria, it is not too late!  Please stop by the office in “C” Building to pick up information.  This is going to be a great trip and since it is almost two years out, it is very cost effective!  Please give me a call or send me an email if you have any questions.  Please note that when you register online, our tour number is 1432788JD.  That is different from the label on the flier you may have gotten.  Sorry about confusion.  This is going to be an amazing trip!!!

Helping VCS While You Shop

     If you shop at Harris Teeter, Food Lion, Target or Lifeway, please consider linking your rewards card with our school.  We get quarterly checks from them that go toward the Christmas Staff Appreciation Drive.  Thank you for your consideration of this blessing to the teachers!

Click on the images below to link your cards :

Harris Teeter

Food Lion

Target


 

Lost & Found 

     Keep in mind that all lost items will be placed in “Lost & Found” in “A” and “C” buildings.  Please check these weekly if you are missing anything.  Please note that all of the unclaimed items will be donated to charity at the end of each month.  If you will write your child’s name in all clothing items, we will make sure anything lost is returned to you.  

Word from My Heart 

     I love Christmastime.  Like most families, we have certain traditions that we observe.  We go to my aunt and uncle’s on Christmas Eve to visit with my cousins and their kids, and then on to my mother’s to spend the night.  On Christmas morning we get up early and open presents with grandma, my kids, my brother’s family and then have a Christmas breakfast.  However, it seemed one thing would be different this year.  Drew is stationed in Okinawa.  Yet, we got a big surprise when he showed up on December 16!  Home for the holidays!!!  Just having all the kids home together was the best Christmas gift I could have ever gotten!

     Seeing Drew walk into my office was a wonderful gift, but even that pales in comparison to the gift we have been given in Christ.  He gave us the ultimate gift, His life in exchange for our sin that He might cover it with His very blood.  I pray you have a wonderful New Year as you seek to serve our Lord!

Dr. W