Dear VCES Community,

With a successful open house, we have begun the admissions process for the 2018-2019 school year. Prospective families spent time getting to know our community and saw firsthand the wonderful things happening at our school. A special thank-you to the musicians who played, our fourth graders and Marian singers, as well as our student council members who answered questions and helped families find their way. We also welcomed Daniel Pruitt, a current sophomore in the high school who shared his elementary school experience. Our VALOR co-chairs, Michelle Kinkade and Marie Conser, were also on hand to help make the day a success.

The accreditation committees are currently editing the drafts of the narratives that they have been writing since the fall. As a staff, we will review the drafts, making sure we have included feedback from members of the VCES community, acknowledged our accomplishments since the last accreditation visit and identified the areas we want to focus on moving forward. This information will be used to identify the three school improvement goals that will form our action plan. Our Leadership Advisory Team, composed of teachers from each grade level and specialists, are working with the Archdiocese of Portland to schedule our accreditation visit during the fall of 2018. We will share those dates with you as the calendar takes shape.

With Valentine’s Day falling on Ash Wednesday this year, we will celebrate Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, February 13. Teachers will share specific classroom-related information about how your child can prepare for February 13. As a school, we will have a special dress day in which students can wear either Valentine’s Day or Mardi Gras colors: red, pink, white, purple, green and/or gold.

We have two service opportunities during Lent this year. During the first half of Lent, we will support our physical education service partner, the American Heart Association, with a “Jump Rope for Heart” event. Students will participate in a kickoff assembly later this month. Following the assembly, information will be sent home explaining how students can participate.

During the second half of Lent we will support St. Mary’s Home for Boys.  More information will be shared in March regarding the specific donations we will collect.

In Christ,

Krista Jacobson

Quarter 3 Quotation: “And now three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13  

The Month Ahead

We have Mass or a prayer service each Wednesday at 9:35 a.m. in the Motherhouse Chapel unless otherwise noted.  Please check the online calendar for the most current information.

February 10 | Valley Catholic Gala 2018 | Montgomery Park | Registration closes at noon on Monday, Feb. 5. | Sign up now to volunteer.

February 13 | Special Dress Day: Valentine’s Day celebrations

February 14 | Ash Wednesday | All Campus Mass | Valiants Gym | 9:25 a.m.

February 19 |  No School – Presidents Day

February 20 | No School – Teacher In-Service

February 21 |  “Jump Rope for Heart” begins

February 27 | Free Dress for $1 benefiting St. Mary’s Home for Boys