Dear VCES Community,

Mark your calendars for the third annual VCES Heritage Day & Prayer Service on Friday, May 25. This special day will provide us another opportunity to recognize our cultural diversity and celebrate each other. Following is an overview of the day’s activities and events.

Heritage Dress

Students are invited to wear clothing that represents their heritage or family’s culture. In the morning, students who are in special dress will be invited to explain the features of their clothing. Students not participating in heritage dress should wear their school uniforms.

Family Groups & Customs/Traditions

All students should come to school with a custom/tradition form filled out. Forms will be distributed in the coming weeks. Students will have an opportunity to share their family custom or tradition with their family group. Every student belongs to a family group. The groups have been meeting throughout the year and include students from each class (K-5).

Prayer Service

Our prayer service will include songs, opening and closing prayers, and recitations of the Our Father in different languages. If your child is interested in sharing the Our Father in a language other than English, please email Ms. Willison at [email protected] to express your interest and to share the language that your child would be speaking. If your child is interested in leading a prayer, the responsorial psalm or reading from the Bible, please contact Ms. Willison by May 18.

Flag Procession

Students will begin our prayer service with a procession of flags representing their family’s country of origin. If your child would like to be a flag presenter, please email Ms. Willison at [email protected] to express interest and to share the country whose flag should be prepared for the procession.

Cultural Presentations

Following the prayer service, will be have time for up to five cultural presentations. In selecting the presentations or performances, we will look for variety and cultural diversity. To express interest in having your child or a group offer a cultural presentation, please email Ms. Willison at [email protected] and share the performers’ names as well as a description of what the performers will be doing. If there are more students interested than time allows, we will randomly select students or groups.

We look forward to having an amazing day together learning from each other and celebrating our cultural diversity!

In Christ,

Krista Jacobson

Love is celebration.  Love is joy.  Love is moving forward.  – Pope Francis

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.

May 7-11 | Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

May 7-25 | STAR Testing

May 15 | VALOR Meeting | 6:45 p.m.

May 17 | Invention Convention | 6:00 p.m.

May 20 | VALOR Family Event – Super Play

May 22-23 | VCS Family Dine Out at Casa Lola

May 25 | VCES Heritage Day

May 28 | Memorial Day – No School

May 29 | Free Dress for $1

May 30 |  Sacrament of Initiation Mass