Viking Voice – 12/04/2013

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THE VIKING VOICE

A Weekly Newsletter from the Administrator’s Office Vol. 18 No. 14
DO RIGHT: We Will Serve the Lord ~ Joshua 24:15
www.vandaliachristian.com
Nothing shows a man’s character more than what he laughs at.
December 4, 2013

Upcoming Events

Dec. 5 Jr./Sr. High Christmas Choral Concert – 7:00pm – VBC
Dec. 10 Christmas Band Concert – 7:00pm – VCS Gym
Dec. 12 Christmas Concert – Grades K5-2 – 7:00pm – VCS Gym
Dec. 12-18 Jr./Sr. High Semester Exams
Dec. 17 Christmas Concert – Grades 3-6 – 7:00pm – VCS Gym
Dec. 18 School Dismisses @ noon for Christmas Holidays
Dec. 24, 25 Extended Care Closed
Jan. 1 School/Extended Care Closed
Jan. 2 School Resumes
Jan. 5 Senior Class Trip
Jan. 8 Report Cards Go Home

 

Report Cards

     Please note that a change has been made as to when report cards will be sent home for second semester.  We will send home report cards on January 8 rather than January 2.  This will allow the teachers as little more time to grade final exams and record their grades.  If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to give me a call or shoot me an email.

Christmas Concerts

     Our Fine Arts Department has worked diligently with our students to prepare for the upcoming concerts to honor the birth of our Lord and Savior.  Please mark your calendars now to attend as many of these concerts as you can.  The first of our Christmas concerts will be tomorrow, Thursday, December 5, at 7pm in the church sanctuary.

Christmas Teacher Appreciationthank you

     Your student received a return envelope and letter today containing information about the 2013 Teacher Christmas Bonus Program.  Please read the information and return your contribution for the “VCS CHRISTMAS BONUS” program as soon as possible, but no later than Monday, December 16th. As part of the VCS family, you can show your appreciation for our teachers.  All donations are appreciated, but year we are again recommending a gift of $30.00 per VCS family!

Financial Office News

     Please note that all accounts must be current for students to 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.  Thank you for your understanding.

Inclement Weather

     ‘Tis the season for snowy/icy weather!  Please keep in mind that if we close or delay school you will receive a call through our SchoolCast mass communication system and see it posted 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 excuse 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.

     Please send in your donation to the school office in the envelope we provided and watch the totals rise on the thermometers posted on the digital bulletin boards in “A,” “B,” and “C” buildings.  And as always, thank you for your continued support for the ministry of VCS.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Dayugly sweater

     We are having a fun day on Monday, December 9, in support of our basketball teams!  We are encouraging our students and staff to wear “ugly Christmas sweaters” to school that day.  They can wear them during the day and then right to the games after/school.  Please note that students must still be in dress code, i.e., boys with shirts under their sweaters, tucked in, and girls with skirts to the knee.  This will be fun day and will show support for our teams!

VCS High School Scholarship Information

     Recently I received some information regarding a Private Scholarship opportunity that will afford an ongoing scholarship of $1500 per year for four years.  This scholarship is open to graduating seniors.  If you are interested, please go to http://www.hotelscheap.org/scholarship for more information.

VCS PTF BBQ

     We still have some BBQ left over from the Fall Festival last month.  It is frozen in one pound containers.  The cost is $5 per pound.  If you would like to purchase some, please stop by “C” Building and we will be happy to assist you.

Europe Trip 2015

     If you were not able to attend the meeting on Tuesday night, October 1, 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!!!

VCS Subway Night vcs_subway

     Dear Vandalia Family, the next VIKING NIGHT at the Subway Restaurant located at 3212 Randleman Road across the street from the RUSH beside Food Lion, (only minutes from the school), will be December 11 from 5:00pm until 9:00pm.   VCS will receive a gracious percentage of the net sales.  Consider stopping by and get a healthy, fresh and delicious dinner…and help the school out at the same time!  Tell your friends and other family members to come out for this great event.

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

      My prayer is that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  As many of you know, my family normally meets in mountains of NC over the Thanksgiving holidays.  However, due to weather concerns, we thought it best not to go to the “high country” this year.  Instead we met at my cousin’s house…same people, different location.  We still had a wonderful time together and greatly enjoyed the holiday.  Once I got back home I was reflecting on the day and thought, it really is not about “where you are but rather who you are with.”

     In many ways that is the way it is in our relationship with God. It is not where we are, but rather WHO we are with.  You don’t have to be in the church building to be close to God.  (Although, keep in mind, we should not ever forsake the opportunity to assemble together in the Lord’s house when we can.)  We should always remember that no matter where we are, we are but a whisper of a prayer away from our loving Heavenly Father.  This is a busy time of year and most of us are going to find ourselves overwhelmed with the things that need to be done.  Don’t  forget to stop, take a deep breath and offer up a prayer of gratitude and praise to the One that holds you in the palm of His hand.

Dr. W