Dear VCES Community,

We have enjoyed seeing everyone back at school this week. Faculty, staff and students spent time catching up with each other and sharing the many ways they filled their time over Christmas break. It is definitely great to be back together again!

Almost as if we had not been away for the last two weeks, we have begun preparations for several exciting events happening in the elementary school this month. We will host our annual Open House on Sunday, January 28, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Time and time again, prospective families tell us that their motivation to enroll their children at Valley Catholic Elementary School started with a conversation with a current VCES family. Be sure to encourage family members, friends and neighbors to join us on Sunday, January 28.

The Open House kicks off our Catholic Schools Week celebration. Throughout the week, we will embrace the 2018 theme: “Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.”

We will conclude Catholic Schools Week by celebrating some very special people in the lives of our students. Our annual Grandparents and Special Friends Day will take place on Thursday, February 1, 2018.

We know that some of our students don’t have grandparents who are able to make it to the event, so we encourage them to invite an aunt, uncle or good family friend who has been influential in their lives. It’s okay for students not to have a visitor that day but, if a grandparent or special friend is able to come, please encourage them to register for the event. We’d really like to set this aside as a day for grandparents and special friends to shine. Parents are welcome to be volunteers. If you’re interested in volunteering, please express your interest on HelpCounter and let Mrs. Jacobson know by sending her an email message at

Postcards for distribution to potential guests went home before Christmas break. Additional postcards can be picked up from the school office. Watch for more details later in January.

This year’s event will get underway at 1:00 p.m. and will give guests the opportunity to see the school, spend time with their student hosts, and learn more about our wonderful community.

In Christ,

Krista Jacobson

The Month Ahead:

Unless otherwise noted, we have a Mass or Prayer Service each Wednesday at 9:35 a.m. in the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Motherhouse Chapel.  Please check the online calendar for the most current information.

January 8 | STAR Testing begins

January 10 | 7:55 a.m. | Parent Prayer – Elementary School Chapel

January 10 | 9:25 a.m. | All School Blue Mass: Recognizing First Responders  | Valiants Gym

January 10 | 3:30 p.m. | Called to Protect Training – VCEMS Building

January 11 | 7:00 p.m. Winter Ensemble Concert – Eagles Gym

January 15 | No School – Martin Luther King Day

January 16 | STAR testing continues

January 22 | STAR testing continues

January 26 | STAR testing ends

January 28 | 1:00 p.m.  Valley Catholic Elementary School Open House

January 29 | Catholic Schools Week begins

January 29 | 8:00 a.m. | Parent Breakfast | Elementary School Library

January 29 | 9:25 a.m. | All School Mass | Valiants Gym

January 30 | Free Dress for $1 benefiting the Oregon Food Bank

February 1 | 1:00 p.m. | Grandparents and Special Friends Day

February 1 | 6:00 p.m. | Family Bingo Night | Elementary School Cafeteria

February 2 | No School – Accreditation Work Day