Dear Parents,

Next week (Nov. 6-10) is outdoor school for sixth grade. Seventh- and eighth-grade students will start the week with a fall retreat. The weather is looking great for Monday (Nov. 6), which means all middle school students should be able to spend time outdoors. Sixth-grade students will be hiking in Oxbow Park and seventh- and eighth-graders will be involved in team building activities. Please keep all of our students in your prayers in the coming week.

As we close out the first quarter and move into the second quarter, I want to remind seventh- and eighth-grade parents that report cards and STAR testing results will be sent home with students. Please look for these during the week of November 13-17.

Monday, November 13, marks the start of our annual food drive. We will be recruiting parent volunteers to help with everything from food delivery to collecting donations and wrapping presents.  Please look for information from your child’s community group teacher in about a week.

VCS Annual Food Drive – Grades 6-12

The VCS Food Drive is an annual holiday tradition. This year, each middle school community group will adopt two families. The goal is to provide Christmas dinner and groceries for their adopted families. In addition, donations collected through special fundraisers –  such as the student auction and Santa photos – will be used to purchase perishable items and a Christmas present for each child age fourteen and younger. Groups will work together to fill their families’ baskets with the following items:

  • Breakfast for 15 days: cereal, milk, pancake mix, a variety of juices;
  • Fifteen additional meals: macaroni and cheese, chili, peanut butter and jelly, canned tuna, rice and beans, spaghetti, fruits and vegetables; and
  • Household items and pantry staples: toilet paper, paper towels, toothpaste and brushes, bar soap, bread, crackers, flour, sugar, salt and pepper.
  • If there is an infant (a child under age 2), diapers, baby food and formula will also be provided.

Donations will be collected in the following manner:

  • Students will sign up to bring a specific item to school for their families.
  • Several school activities and fundraisers are planned throughout the next six weeks to encourage students to bring in canned food and donations.
  • In the past, parents have organized community canned food collections outside of grocery stores and in their neighborhoods.

Deliveries will take place on Friday, December 15, around 10:15 a.m.

Thank you for helping us make a difference in the lives of families in need during this holiday season.


Jen Gfroerer