From the moment the doors opened and families streamed into the halls, it was clear that the 2013 Valley Catholic Early Learning, Elementary and Middle School Open House was going to be special.
The turnout was reported to be the highest ever. Students filled out applications forms in the hallways. One family had just moved to the region from Los Angeles that day and came straight to the open house.
Teachers and staff at the Early Learning School (VCELS) welcomed approximately 80 families, introducing them to the rich environment that VECLS provides for children from infants to after school care. Families were able to meet teachers, take a tour of the school, and obtain information about admission.
Principal Trish Roussel said, "Our goals at the Early Learning School are to be creative teachers, provide nurturing guidance, and to be caring examples of Jesus’ love. We were excited to to have such a great turnout and to have the opportunity to work with so many wonderful new families."
Valley Catholic Elementary School (VCES) also reported record turnout. The day’s program began with a welcome by VCS President Bob Weber. VCES principal Joe Manning provided an overview "of what makes the Elementary School the special place it is." Phi Lam, a former elementary school student who now attends Valley Catholic High School, shared a testimonial on how his attendance at the school helped him grow into a person who learned to value relationships. His mother, Sasha Lam, explained to families what she has appreciated about the Valley Catholic community. Prospective kindergarten families had the opportunity to attend a Q&A session with kindergarten teachers.
All families were invited to take self-guided tours of the school building. The VCES Student Council was on hand to help point families in the right direction and answer student-relevant questions. Principal Joe Manning said, "We truly enjoyed welcoming so many families to see what goes into making our school an educational community focused on prayer, service, and love."
It was the same story at Valley Catholic Middle School (VCMS). Between the Parent Information Night for current fifth grade students and the open house, VCMS welcomed more than 150 potential applicants - a record.
Principal Jen Gfroerer said, "It was an honor to be the spokesperson for our middle school program, which has an award winning program and staff. Visitors were able to see the middle school staff in action, meet the department heads, learn about the curriculum and co-curricular opportunities, as well as the unique programs that distinguish VCMS from other schools in the area."
She added, "Valley Catholic Middle School is more than just an enhanced elementary school program or a watered down high school program. VCMS is a middle school community that offers a truly transitional program for the whole child within a college like setting. Students graduate from the middle school program with real world skills such as first aide/CPR training, interview and research skills, community service and outreach to infants through elderly. Students learn social skills, communication and study skills all within the set curriculum."
Enjoy photos from our open house on our Valley Catholic Flickr site.
And remember: our high school will host its open house in the fall.