Viking Voice – 09/03/2015

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THE VIKING VOICE

A Weekly Newsletter from the Administrator’s Office Vol. 20 No. 1
PERSEVERANCE: Moving Forward God’s Way – Philippians 3:14
www.vandaliachristian.com
If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with mothers. ~Edgar W. Howe
September 3, 2015

Upcoming Events

September 3 WILDS Informational Meeting – 7:00pm – VBC
September 4 School Dismisses @ Noon
September 7 Labor Day – School/Extended Care Closed
September 9 Progress Reports Available through HeadMaster
September 11-19 Book Fair
September 17 Grandparents Day – Special Luncheon K3-6th 
September 19 PTF Back-to-School Festival
September 21-25 WILDS Retreat Grades 1-12
September 27-30 Missions Conference – Vandalia Baptist – No Homework
September 30 Progress Reports Available through HeadMaster

Dear VCS Family,

WELCOME BACK to a new school year!  We are now in our third week of school and all of the “beginning of the year kinks” have just about been worked out.  This is the first Viking Voice of the year and it will have a lot of important information.  I apologize that this week’s newsletter will read more like a novel, but after this week it should be greatly abbreviated.  Please take the time to read this information carefully

WILDS Informational Meeting

An optional WILDS retreat  informational meeting will be held this evening, September 3 at 7:00pm at Vandalia Baptist Church.  Please note that the informational packet that was mailed and emailed to you stated that the time was 7:30pm….I apologize for that confusion.  It will be held at 7:00pm TONIGHT!  If you have not turned in your “Spiritual Emphasis Week” WILDS Registration Form along your registration fee, it is now past due.  Please turn that form in to Mrs. Keller by tomorrow.  If you any questions, please contact Mrs. Keller at 379-8380 ext. 24.  Thank you!

Early Dismissal Friday, September 4

School will be dismissed at noon on Friday, September 4 in observance of the Labor Day Holidays.  Daycare will be open Friday afternoon until 6:00pm for students that are currently registered, however, students in grades K5-12 that are planning on staying need to bring their lunch.  There will be no lunch served through the cafeteria tomorrow.  Daycare will be closed on Labor Day, September 7.

VCS Family Business Directory

Last year we started a Family Business Directory.  The rationale behind this directory is to inform others in our school community of business that are owned and/or operated by other school families.  I will update last year’s directory over the next few weeks and will post it on our website.  If you had your information in the directory last year and need it updated, please let me know.  If you would like to add a business, please let me know that as well.  All I need is an email from you with the name of your business, the name of the contact person, a contact number, email and web address if available and brief description of what your business provides.  This service is free of charge to our school families and reaches hundreds of other school families.  Although this directory is a work in progress, we are setting an initial deadline for turning in your information of October 2.

Attractions Books

Thank you for your great support of the Attractions Coupon Book sale!  Although the part of the sale for students to win prizes ended last week, we still have books for sale.  Please see Mrs. Frazier in the Gym building if you would like get more books to sell.  Also, if you still have books out that you have not sold, please return then to Mrs. Frazier by Tuesday, September 8.

Employment Opportunity

One of our school parents is looking for a part-time receptionist/secretary to work from 9:00am – 2:30pm Monday through Friday.  This would be a great fit for a VCS parent looking for flexible part-time work.  Interested applicants can contact Ann Castagna at 336-273-2640.

Grandparent’s Day is Coming!

On Thursday, September 17, VCS will host its 12th Annual Grandparent’s Day Luncheon for the students in grades K3-6 and their grandparents.  Information was sent home yesterday  via email and in the students’ Wednesday folders.  Please remember this is an event for students and their grandparents only.  Make sure you turn in your order form by Friday, September 11.  Since we are placing the order for the food that Friday, we will not be able to take any late orders.  

Back-To-School Festival Yard Sale

Information was sent home about the upcoming Back-To-School Festival on Saturday, September 19.  As you look forward to this annual event, please consider sending in any items you would like to donate to the yard sale.  All proceeds from the yard sale will go directly  to the PTF to continue assisting  our school and teachers with capital improvement projects.  (And we have several exciting ideas on the horizon!)  You may bring items for the yard sale to the gym on Friday, September 18.  Thank you!

“Bake-To-School” Bake Sale

OK, as one parent aptly stated, I should keep my day job.  My “punny” attempt at humor was met with many groans.  All kidding aside, if you would are willing to donate baked goods for the Festival Bake Sale, they would be greatly appreciated.  You may drop them off anytime on Friday at the  “C” Building office.  You may also bring items directly to the Gym when you arrive Saturday for the festival.

Helping Us Help Your Children

There are several ways that you can help us enhance our educational program that doesn’t cost you one extra penny.  All of us have to shop for groceries and needs for our families.  Please consider turning in your

BoxTops-for-Education tabs from General Mills products and Labels-for-Education from Campbell’s Soup products to your child’s teacher.  Over the last several decades we have gotten well over $20,000 donated to our school from boxtops and soup labels!  Let’s set a record this year!  Check with your child’s teacher or the offices for forms to make this process even easier.

Also, remember to re-link your Harris-Teeter VIC card the next time you shop so we can benefit from their Together In Education program.  All you have to do is give the cashier your VIC card and our personal school code, 2227.  It is as simple as that.  By the way, if you have friends and family that are not already donating to other schools through the VIC card program, suggest they link their card to our school.

Food Lion’s MVP card is also linked to our school.  Just register with customer service the next time you shop with them.

     Target also makes donations,  just mention linking your Target account to VCS.

Thank you for your consideration of connecting your normal shopping habits to us so we can benefit from the philanthropic  efforts of some of our area businesses that you already patronize.

By the way, Aluminum can pop tops from soda cans, canned goods, etc., can be used help those in need of dialysis treatment to get 1 FREE hour of dialysis treatment.  Those “pop-top” tops can be given to Mrs. Herriage.

VCS Spirit Shirts

Many of you have asked about getting new “VCS Spirit Shirts” this year.  Well the answer is YES!  As most of you know, Miss Hazelwood, our spirit shirt graphic designer, par excellence, has had a rough start to the semester due to some emergency surgery.  She is doing great, but it will take a bit of time to get her back to 100%.

She has some great ideas for the new shirt and as soon as we have that firmed-up, we will send the forms home.  Thank you for your patience as we look forward to cheering the Vikings on to victory for the Glory of God!

AWANA

Vandalia Baptist Church will again this year sponsor the AWANA youth outreach program on Wednesday nights starting September 16.  Please note that you can pre-register your child(ren) for AWANA by going to http://vbcgso.com/awana/register Registration will also be accepted on the opening night of AWANA on September 16 at 7:00pm.  The AWANA program is a Christ-centered boys and girls club where the kids learn Bible truths, memorize Bible verses, play fun games and learn how to work together as a team.  If your child does not already participate in a youth program at your home church, please consider this program.  It will be the best hour and a half of their week.  By the way, if you choose to send your child to the AWANA club, keep in mind that Vandalia Baptist Church has a mid-week prayer meeting from 7:30-8:30 during the same time AWANA is going on.  Please feel welcomed to join us!

Summer Consignment Sale

The PTF Sponsored Summer Consignment Sale was a great success!  If you have not yet received a check for the proceeds for your sales, please contact Mrs. Herriage at 379-8380 ext. 13.

Tutoring

We have an extremely qualified school parent that has a tutoring service that she would like to make available to students in grades 3-9 in all subjects with only a few exceptions.  If you are looking for a tutor that shares your Biblical Worldview and is a great supporter of VCS, please call Mrs. Linda Boren at 337-4826 or 674-5210.  She will be able to fill you in with all the details of venue, times and cost.

HOMECOMING 2015

Our Annual VCS Homecoming will be held on October 2.  As we have a great number of alumni that currently have their children attending VCS, might I encourage you to reach out to your classmates via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or whatever the “flavor of the month” social media tool that is current, and invite them  to come out the games.  The JV Game will begin at 5:00pm then the Crowning of the Homecoming Queen with the Varsity Game immediately following!  Come and enjoy the fun!

Harvest Week

The week after Homecoming will be our First Annual HARVEST WEEK.  For several years we have accepted non-perishable food items to help the needy in our community.  This year we have a specific project for these items to benefit.  In Snow Camp, NC there is a ministry called Siloam Missionary Homes.  This a community specifically designed to minister to the needs of missionaries spreading the Gospel of Salvation through the shed blood of Jesus Christ that are home on furlough or are on deputation trying to get the field of service to which the Lord has called them.  This “pounding” of food items will bless and encourage these folks called to minister as missionaries.  Please consider picking up an extra can or boxed item while doing your grocery shopping.  You may start that process now and turn those items in to your child’s teacher starting Tuesday, September 8.  On Thursday, October 8, the director of the Salome Missionary Homes Ministry is scheduled to be with us for chapel and we would like to present our offering of support in the area of pantry items to him.  Thank you in advance for your support.

Word from My Heart

Last week I had the opportunity to visit a dear older couple that I consider true friends of 20 years.  We chatted about times gone by and thoughts of the future.  Although I don’t get to see them nearly as often as I would like, it was like we had seen each other just the day before.  I was truly humbled to be in the presence of saints that have fought the good fight longer than I have been alive.  And although they might be in what the world considers their “twilight years,” I left thinking, “Man, I wish I had that much vim and vigor!”  The reason for my visit was to receive a cherished object that was promised to me when they could no longer use it.  I remember at the time of the promise that I hoped that would be a long time.  Well, that “long time” passed.  With great thanks, I accepted that cherished gift and I promise to use it to the glory of God to the best of my ability.      I say all of that to say this.  God gives all of us tools to use for His work until we cannot use them anymore.  At that point, rather than let that tool sit and gather dust, pass it on so the work can continue and God’s blessing on it can flourish.

What talent or tool have you been hiding?  Let me encourage you to take it out, dust it off and use it for God’s glory.

Yours,

Dr. W