Dear VCES Community,

Our Halloween festivities began on Wednesday, October 31, with our first Family Group Activity time. Students worked with other students across grade levels to gain a better understanding of the Mission and Philosophy of VCES. On Thursday, November 1, we celebrated the Feast of All Saints with a campus-wide Mass. Celebrating the saints is another reminder of the many role-models we have to help us grow in faith and spirit. November is a time of remembrance for the loved ones past and present that have impacted our lives in so many positive ways. We began the month with a Dia de los Muertos display for students to remember and honor those that are in heaven.

Faculty and staff spent Friday, November 2, preparing for the WCEA Accreditation Team visit November 6, 7 and 8. A team of teachers and administrators from area Catholic schools and an Accreditation Chair from the Archdiocese of San Francisco will join us next week to learn more about the VCES community and validate the high quality of our elementary school program. We are excited to have these visitors learn more about our school.

Tonight, Friday, November 2, we will have another wonderful Halloween Carnival organized by the VALOR network and a fantastic group of parent volunteers. We hope VCS families are able to join us this evening for carnival games, bouncy house fun and delicious snacks. The Halloween Carnival is from 6:00- 9:00 p.m. in the Eagles Gym.

As we move into the month of November, may the Lord be with you and your family.

In Christ,

Krista Jacobson

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”

– St. Teresa of Calcutta

November Events – check the VCES online calendar for more details.

Each Wednesday we have a Mass or Prayer Service at 9:35 a.m.

11/2                 No School – Teacher In-Service

11/2                 6:00 p.m. Halloween Carnival – Eagles Gym

11/4                 Daylight Savings Time Begins

11/5                 8:00 a.m. Called to Protect training – ES Conference Room – Register with Sue Yockey

11/6-11/8         Accreditation Visit

11/9                 11:30 a.m. dismissal – No siblings group (ES office closes at 11:50 a.m.)

11/9                  Scrip orders due

11/12                No School – Veterans Day Observed

11/13-11/14     No School – Parent Teacher Conferences

11/13-11/16     Book Fair – ES Library

11/20               Picture Retakes

11/20               6:15 p.m. Parent Prayer – EMS Chapel

11/20               6:45 p.m. VALOR Meeting

11/21               7:55 a.m. Parent Prayer – EMS Chapel

11/21               11:30 a.m. dismissal – siblings group

11/22               No School – Thanksgiving

11/23               No School

11/27               Free Dress for $1 benefitting the 2nd grade Service Learning Partner Maryville

11/28               9:35 a.m. Jog-a-thon Assembly – Eagles Gym