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Back to School | 2021-22

School Starts on August 3

A reminder that the first day of school, Tuesday, August 3, is an early release for all campuses. 

High School – 11:45am
Junior High – 12:30pm
Elementary – 1:30pm

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Jump to Campus Information

Upcoming Dates

AUGUST 6

Welcome Back Parent Social
6:15pm 

August 16

Back to School Night

August 24

VCVC Launch Party

August 27

Trojan Family Night
at VC Football

August 28

Estate Planning Seminar

Info from our School Nurse

Medications

If your student needs to take any medication(s) during the school day (allergy pills, ADHD meds, antibiotics, cough syrup, anxiety medication, etc.), they must have it at the front desk and then fill out the Medication Request/Consent Form in its entirety. Please be clear in the instructions. Remember this does not include the ones on the enrollment/re-enrollment paperwork, like Advil, Tylenol, TUMS, and Benadryl. You, as parents, already marked them off and the students can receive those in the front office.

Epi-Pens

If your student has a severe allergy and carries an Epi-Pen, please fill out the Medication Request/Consent Form. Two Epi-Pens are needed for school use – we will need to have one at the front desk and they can carry the other one on them, just note that on the form. A completed Food Action plan is also required. 

Inhalers

If your student has an inhaler, please fill out the Medication Request/Consent Form and mark that they are carrying it on them. Also, please make sure their names are on the inhaler.

Immunizations

If your student is missing any required immunizations for the State of Arizona, you will be contacted within the month.

Hearing and Vision Screening

This will take place in the fall for students in 9th grade, all new students in 10th, 11th, & 12th grades, students in VINE, and students with accommodations.

Illness

If your student is showing any signs of illness, please keep them home. If your student has any suspicious symptoms or any member of your family or the student tests positive for COVID, please contact Troy Hanzal. Please review the Student Handbook regarding illness and required absences.

High School Information

VCS offices will be closed all day on Thursday, July 29 to allow all staff and faculty to attend a retreat.

RenWeb opened on Wednesday, July 21. You now are able to create an account, access student schedules, update family info, and change your directory preferences. If you do not already have an account, this can be done through our website. Go to the “Student” or “Parent” tab and under “Important Links” find “RenWeb Help”. There you will find instructions on how to create an account.

Schedule change requests:

Requests for change of teacher or period will not be considered.

No requests for change of elective will be considered until the second week of school.

Only incorrect placement into core classes will be addressed before the second week of school.

All concerns regarding core class placement and requests for change must be done in writing via email or turning in a drop/add form at the office:

Grades 9 and 10: Mr. Calendo: [email protected]

Grades 11 and 12:  Mrs. Cefola:  [email protected]

Please allow a couple days for requests to be addressed.  We appreciate your patience.

Volunteer Opportunity

First Day of School – Tuesday, August 3rd, 7:30-8:30am. Volunteers will be in the halls to help new students with directions, room locations, etc.  4 needed. Please contact [email protected] if you are interested.

iPad Pickup/Pictures

Thursday, July 29th 3:30-6pm. Students must have a signed iPad Acceptable Use form in order to pick up their iPad.

Freshman and new upper classmen – Drive by for iPad – Southeast side of Music Hall (they will be getting pictures taken at another time).

10th-12th returning students – park and enter by the office. Photos will be in room 7, 8 & 9. iPad pick up will be in the Music Hall.

When they come on campus we would like them to park in the front half of the campus, and then enter at the front office or near the science rooms. Once in the building they should get their picture taken, and then head to the music room to collect their iPad. They should then exit the building south of the music room.

Students must dress appropriately and in dress code for their student ID pictures.

School Lunches

We are excited to partner with a new company this year – School Eatery. We have added some new vendors and options for our families. One great thing this service provides is parents can order and make changes in real time up to the morning of.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.

If parents or vendors are dropping off lunches prior to lunch – there will be an unmanned table in the front lobby for drop off/pick up. Please be sure your student’s lunch has their name clearly marked on the bag!

Forms

If applicable, the following forms will need to be filled out.  They are on our website under “Parents”, then “Forms” and can be turned into the front office.

Senior-Off Campus Privileges and Policies Form:  Seniors must have parental permission to leave campus during lunch or open periods.  It must be signed by a parent even if the student is 18.  This form MUST be on file by the first full day of school.

Request for Giving Meds Form:   If your child uses prescription medication (even though self-administered while at school, i.e. an inhaler, Epi-pen, etc.) you will need to complete and turn into the office by the first day of school.  If your child has allergies and needs special care, there is a Food Allergy Action Plan form that will need to be filled out and turned in to the office by the first day of school.

Driver Authorization Form:   Parents, if you plan to drive on a field trip this year please fill out this form.

High School Key Back to School Dates

July 29

iPad Pickup

Grades 11-12
3:30-4:30pm

Grades 9-10
5:00-6:00pm

July 29

Picture Day
(Returning Students Only)
3:30-6:00pm

AUGUST 2

New Student Trojan Bootcamp
8:00am-1:30pm

AUGUST 9-11

Senior Kick-Off

Junior High Information

VCS offices will be closed all day on Thursday, July 29 to allow all staff and faculty to attend a retreat.

iPad Pickup – Wednesday, July 28 from 3:30-6:00pm. Students must have a signed iPad Acceptable Use form in order to pick up their iPad.

Forms – If applicable, the following forms will need to be filled out.  They are on our website under “Parents”, then “Forms” and can be turned into the front office.

Request for Giving Meds Form:   If your child uses prescription medication (even though self-administered while at school, i.e. an inhaler, Epi-pen, etc.) you will need to complete and turn into the office by the first day of school.  If your child has allergies and needs special care, there is a Food Allergy Action Plan form that will need to be filled out and turned in to the office by the first day of school.

Driver Authorization Form:   Parents, if you plan to drive on a field trip this year please fill out this form.

Junior High Key Back to School Dates

July 27

Connect Event
Main Event Tempe
11:00am – 2:00pm

 

July 28

Textbook and iPad Pickup
3:30-6:00pm

 

July 30

Parent Orientation Night
6:00-7:00pm

 

August 3

New Student Bootcamp
12:30-3:30pm

(Bring a lunch!) 

August 27

Picture Day

Elementary Information

VCS offices will be closed all day on Thursday, July 29 to allow all staff and faculty to attend a retreat.

Back to School Fun / Orientation Days

These are designated days and times for students and families to share in some fellowship together and meet their teachers and staff.

Monday, July 26th
Kindergarten – 1st Grade: 8:30 am – 10:00 am
2nd – 3rd Grade: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Tuesday, July 27th
4th Grade: 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Middle School (5th/6th Grade): 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

We understand some families may be traveling or unable to attend these dates. If so, the teacher will email specific classroom information.

Arrival & Dismissal Process

Several modifications have been made to the arrival and dismissal process to accommodate an increase in enrollment and to improve our processes.

Please take time to review this information prior to the start of school:

New route
New system which allows for direct electronic notification of tag numbers to the individual classrooms in the order of arrival.

Assigned car tags for the dismissal process will be issued during the Orientation.

If unable to attend Orientation, please contact the office to retrieve your tags prior to the first day of school.

Thank you in advance for your support as our team works very hard in the Arizona heat to provide a safe and secure dismissal process.

Dress Code

Chapels will begin the first week of school. Chapel polos are required for chapel and will be issued during Orientation.
The revised version for the Dress Code is located in the K-6 Parent/Student Handbook and link is provided below.
Please ensure your child is in compliance with the dress code before leaving for school each day.

Class Rosters

Parents will receive information via email regarding their child’s assigned teacher prior to Back-to-School Fun/Orientation.
Thank you for your patience as we finalize all class rosters and process our remaining applications.

School Supplies

Families do not need to purchase classroom school supplies for students. The school provides all basic items. Teachers will contact you during the school year if supplies are needed for a special project or event.

Personal items such as backpacks, lunch materials, and water bottles are personal items and should be purchased individually. Please ensure your child brings a backpack and water bottle on the first day of school and thereafter.

Middle school students (5th/6th grade) are provided an unlocked locker for use at school.

Students may not use any electronic devices such as cell phones, gaming consoles, and wearable tech on campus. Students may not bring toys or sports equipment from home unless approved. See handbook for more information and clarifications.

Lunch Options

The elementary campus will be partnering with School Eatery to provide optional lunches for purchase and delivery to campus. This includes a variety of options from local vendors. The office will notify families when accounts are ready to be setup.

Instructions for sign up:

Please sign up at https://schooleatery.ahotlunch.com/login and choose PARENTS. You will receive an email to activate your account and will need a school code to add your children.

Your school code is VCES (all caps).

An app (available on Apple iPhones), please search hotlunch and enter schooleatery (all lowercase and no spaces),

Students may continue to bring their lunch from home. Students will have monitored access to microwaves during the lunch period.

Please contact our school office for any questions or clarifications.

Chapel

The student Chapel days have been modified this year as follows:

4th – 6th grade Chapels will take place each TUESDAY. 8:35 am – 9:30 am

Kindergarten – 3rd grade Chapels will take place each WEDNESDAY. 8:35 am – 9:15 am

Parents and guests are still very much encouraged to attend chapels. Weekly chapels take place in the Sun Valley chapel building located next to the ES campus. Parents and visitors may park in the SV parking lot and not required to check in at the office.

Forms

If applicable, the following forms will need to be filled out.  They are on our website under “Parents”, then “Forms” and can be turned into the front office.

Request for Giving Meds Form:   If your child uses prescription medication (even though self-administered while at school, i.e. an inhaler, Epi-pen, etc.) you will need to complete and turn into the office by the first day of school.  If your child has allergies and needs special care, there is a Food Allergy Action Plan form that will need to be filled out and turned in to the office by the first day of school.

Driver Authorization Form:   Parents, if you plan to drive on a field trip this year please fill out this form.

K6 School Clubs information

We are offering a morning and afternoon Kids Club as well as several other after school club activities. Please see all flyers for all information regarding these clubs.

 

Elementary Key Back to School Dates

July 26

New Student Fun Days
Grades K-3 

July 27

New Student Fun Days
Grades 4-6
 

August 26

Picture Day