THE VIKING VOICE
A Weekly Newsletter from the Administrator’s Office Vol. 18 No. 22
DO RIGHT: We Will Serve the Lord ~ Joshua 24:15
The prospects of God are as bright as His promises. ~ A. Judson
February 21, 2014
|Feb. 20-22||NCCSA State Basketball Tournament – Gospel Light Christian|
|Mar. 1||All-Star Games – Friendship|
|Mar. 3||Proposed Teacher Workday|
|Mar. 5||3rd Quarter Ends|
|Mar. 6||Prospective New Family Open House – 7- 8:30pm|
|Mar. 7||PTF Family Fun Night – Dinner @ 5:00pm|
|Mar. 12||Report Cards Go Home|
The next re-enrollment will be Monday, February 24 at 7:00pm in the church. The other dates are listed on our school website. As in years past, we will have a brief meeting to discuss the upcoming year and distribute re-enrollment packets. An email was sent previously with the dates for our meetings. If you are not able to attend one of the scheduled meetings, you are welcomed to attend an open enrollment meeting with new families. However, please keep in mind we had some families that ended up on waiting lists because they did not come to a re-enrollment 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.
Student Council Honors our Servicemen and Women
Our high school volunteer group will be visiting our local service men and women next Friday, February 28. They will be taking “Belated Valentines” that our elementary students made in their classes as a thank you for their dedication to our community. As we did last year, we would also like to drop-off some baked goods as a thank you from our school family. If you would be willing to donate some cookies, brownies, cupcakes, etc., please send them to your child’s teacher either Thursday or Friday of next week. Please make sure they are in a sealed container or zip top bags. Thank you for helping us show our love and appreciation to the firemen, policemen and EMT professionals that serve our community.
Snow Day Pictures
If you have any pictures of your children from the snow days, please consider emailing them to Miss Adams at Courtney.firstname.lastname@example.org They have an extra spread and thought it would be an interesting feature and a way to put high school and elementary on the same page.
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 and 8. 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 on bad weather days.
Opportunity Scholarship and Special Needs Grants
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.
BELKS Charity Day
In the next few weeks I will share with you some pertinent information about an upcoming event that will benefit our school and your pocket book! Keep your eyes peeled ladies….sorry men.
Viking Night at Subway!
Viking Night was such a success that we are going to continue! Here are the dates for this semester: March 12, April 9 and May 14. VCS will receive a percentage of all sales from 5pm-9pm on these dates. Come out and help our school as well as getting a healthy meal!
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 :
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
My family loves to give me a hard time. This past summer I did a good bit of canning. I canned, beans, (which I will NEVER do again,) tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, cherry jam, strawberry jam, peaches and blackberries. I find canning very cathartic, except green beans. Most of the fruit of my labor is in a pantry in the kitchen. The other day I came home and found some of the jars opened and being used for dinner. I quickly responded, “Why are you using the summer canned vegetables?” I was met with a response of, “I thought that’s what they were for.” I said, “No, these are for emergencies.” My family now calls my beautiful canned fruits and veggies the “apocalypse food.” Ha, ha, very funny. I think they are still using some of the canned goods behind my back. Won’t they be sorry when the grocery stores run out of beans and tomatoes!? (Can I get a witness? Does anyone see my side of this? LOL)
Although I still think saving the beans for a true emergency is a good idea, it is never a good idea to save God’s provision for us until we find ourselves in an emergency situation. Yes, God is a very present help in times of trouble, but He wants us to feast on His gifts of grace and mercy daily. Don’t wait until you find yourself in need before you go to God for help. Open His gifts daily through prayer, reading the Word and fellowshipping with other believers. His “pantry of provision” will never run out!