Dear Valley Catholic Middle School Community,

We hope you have been reading our student produced newsletter, The Buzz, and have seen the exciting things that have been happening this year. From STEM guest speakers to field trips to class projects the students have participated in several enrichment activities to help bring real-world applications to their school-work.

November 1 is the end of the first quarter. All grades will be visible in PowerSchool by Wednesday, November 7 and report cards will be sent home with students by Thursday, November 8.

As we close out the first quarter and move into the second quarter, I want to remind you that our STEM accreditation visit is scheduled for December 10-11. If VCMS earns STEM accreditation, it will be the first time a middle school in Oregon receives such a distinction from AdvancED. VCMS and VCHS are accredited through AdvancED every five years and AdvancED is the accrediting agency for most high schools, both public and private, in the state of Oregon.

November also marks the start of our annual food drive. Information about the Food Drive will be included in the November 16 issue of The Buzz. We count on our parent volunteers to help us with everything from donation inventory to wrapping presents and food delivery. Below is an outline of the food drive basics. Additional information will be coming from your student’s community group teacher in late November. Please consider volunteering to help us make this year’s event an incredible experience for our students and their adopted families.


Jen Gfroerer

Annual Food Drive Basics– Grades 6-12

The Food Drive is an annual tradition at VCMS and VCHS. This year, each VCMS Community Group is planning to adopt two families. They will work together to provide several meals and a Christmas dinner for their families. In addition, we will collect funds through special fundraisers like our student auction, and Santa photos to purchase perishable items and possibly a Christmas present for children in the family who are fourteen years old or younger. Deliveries will take place on Friday, December 21, beginning around 10:15 a.m.

Each VCMS Community Group will provide a food basket for their family which typically includes the following items:

  • Breakfast for 15 days: Boxes of cereal, pancake mix, milk, orange, apple, and cranberry juice
  • Lunches/dinners for 15 days: Macaroni and cheese, chili, peanut butter and jelly, tuna fish, rice, beans, spaghetti, fruits, vegetables and bread
  • Household staples: flour, sugar, salt, pepper, toothpaste, toothbrushes, bar soap, toilet paper and paper towels
  • If there are children under the age of 2: Diapers, baby food and formula

Through family contributions, community donations and school activities the Community Groups will collect canned food and money to help fill their baskets. Examples of ways that food or other items may be collected are:

  • Students signing up to bring a specific item for their family
  • Parent-organized canned food collections outside of grocery stores or in their neighborhoods
  • Planned activities that encourage students to bring in canned food or money to purchase needed supplies