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October 21, 2019
Valley Lutheran's Annual Fruit Sale has begun! Click the picture above
 if you  would like to order online.   
Devotion
Competition -  A Teaching Tool?

I recently read an article about good sportsmanship. The article referred to your opponent not as your enemy, but as your best training partner. The person you are competing against is often the one who makes you better. For example, track athletes have individual rivalries that push them to train their best and run their fastest. A good golfer will see his or her opponent hitting well and become determined to improve. A team will see a school post a record number of wins and make it a goal to beat that team.

As Christians, how should we handle competition? There are few things in life that bring about as much passion and emotion as competition. Competition in life is unavoidable and is not always easy, but when viewed in a positive way it can be very beneficial.

Parents, you play a major role in helping your child(ren) reap the positive benefits of competition. Here are four ideas to help you in this process.

1. We must realize that true identity is not defined by winning or losing, but by a loving God who created us, redeemed us and has instilled faith within us. It is okay to feel bad about a loss, but don't let it define you.
2. Competition pushes everyone to high levels of achievement, encourages better work ethic, and pushes us to reach our God given potential. Encourage your child to push through hard times and see challenges as opportunities for growth.
3. Competition can help in processing the highs and lows of life. As much as we strive to win and celebrate, there will always be a person who does not win. Teaching a child how to process loss at a young age will help them cope with adversity later in life.
4. Our God is a God of power and strength. As image bearers, it feels good to use our power and strength in a positive way.

Competition can be fulfilling when it pushes us to maximize the abilities that we are blessed with. As John 10:10 says, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." 
I am sure that the God who promises life loves seeing us use our abilities used to their full potential. As we cheer for our children, let us also help them grow in a positive understanding of competition.
By Eric Smith, Athletic Director
Need to Know
Equipping Kids to Thrive in a Hostile Online World - Mon., Oct. 28th 
Valley Lutheran is hosting " Protect Young Eyes," an organization located in the Grand Rapids area that presents at hundreds of organizations annually on issues related to smartphone use on Monday, October 28th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.  Yes, technology is a great thing, if used responsibly! But, digital issues like pornography, predators, sexting, social media, screen time, cyberbullying, anxiety, depression concern many families. Although many kids use technology well, the Protect Young Eyes team wants to make sure families are prepared. 
Please join us for this free seminar! An RSVP is requested  here. For more information about Protect Young Eyes visit their website at www.protectyoungeyes.com. For questions about this event contact Valley Lutheran High School at 989-790-1676.
1st Quarter Grades Release Date- Nov. 6th
First quarter grades will be released Wednesday, November 6th. A parent newsletter will be sent on the 6th with instructions on how to view posted grades. 
Guidance Corner
FUTURE FRENZY WEEK!
The week of October 21-25 has been set aside to encourage all students to consider plans for their post-high school careers and training. Activities will include open labs for help with job applications, college applications, FAFSA, resumes, etc., exploration activities, visits from colleges, and apprenticeship and skilled trades presentation, and a dress-up day on Friday. Encourage your student to participate and begin/continue creating their post-high school plans!

THREE STEPS TO HELP STUDENTS START THEIR CAREERS
"So, what do you want to do with your life?" This question paralyzes students more than any other. They get stumped-not because they don't have any idea-but because they have so many ideas. They often have several visions for their future. Check out this post from Tim Elmore at Growing Leaders for tips to help. 

SENIOR RECOMMENDATION LETTERS
Throughout senior year, it is common for students to ask teachers, coaches, and other mentors for letters of recommendation. Each senior has been sent a template through Google Classroom for a Brag Sheet and for a Resume that they can complete. These documents are designed to be given to those writing letters in order to provide strong, personal recommendations. Mrs. Mueller is happy to provide copies to students as needed. 

SHOULD MY STUDENT BE TAKING THE SAT/ACT?
Students typically take these exams during the second half of their junior year or the first half of their senior year. As indicated above, all students receive one free SAT with Essay during their junior year. Many students will take the exam more than one time to try to improve their score for admissions and scholarships. Links to register for these exams are below. Need help deciding which test to take?  

SAT/ACT TESTING LINKS
SAT Information, Registration, etc. - www.sat.org
ACT Information, Registration, etc. - www.actstudent.org
Khan Academy (free test prep) - www.khanacademy.org/sat

FAFSA AND FINANCIAL AID LINKS
VL Scholarship Page - http://bit.ly/VLScholarships
FAFSA Information and submission - https://fafsa.ed.gov/  
FSA ID Information and creation - https://fsaid.ed.gov  

Upcoming Events
Oct. 24- 26 Fall Play: "The History of Theater" 7 pm 
Oct. 28 Protect Young Eyes Presentation: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Oct. 31 1st Quarter Ends
Grandparents and Special Friends' Day
Nov. 1 Music Extravaganza
Nov. 5 Fall Information Night 


Get Involved
Protect Life Requests Your Signature
Valley Lutheran's Protect Life group requests your signature for the Dismemberment Abortion Ban Petition. The petition is in the office, so stop by and sign your name. Protect Life would like to collect as many signatures as possible, so spread the word to family and friends to stop by and sign this important petition.
Booster Club Fruit Sale Happening Now!
The VLHS Booster Club's Fruit Sale Fundraiser has begun and runs through November 14th.  The Booster Clubs help fund the athletic, drama, and music departments, as well as many other activities. You can order from a student, through the office, or with our  Online Order Form. Students are competing in a sales contest between family groups, so please encourage your child to sell! Our goal is to sell 525 boxes of fruit. Pick-up will be Dec. 5 and 6 and open to the public Dec. 7.
Cookies Needed for Holiday Bazaar - Nov. 9th
Valley Lutheran's Holiday Bazaar is FULL! All table spaces have been rented by vendors or crafters, but we will also be in need of cookies for the cookie walk.  Watch for a sign up genius to come to your email soon. For more information, contact Lynn Jezowski at 989-327-5052 or Patti Blazejewski 989-780-2306.
"The History of Theater" - October 24th - 26th
Valley Lutheran's Drama Department invites you to attend "The History of Theater" by Matt Thompson on October 24, 25, or 26 at 7 pm. Adult tickets are $7 and student tickets are $5. Join us on a wacky and wild journey of the history of theater as we relive various parts of theater from all parts of the globe. This fun and ridiculous comedy will set the audience up for some very clever, very funny interactive moments as they travel in time through Greek theater, the gladiators in Rome, the history of mime and more
Alaska Mission Trip - July 2020
The July 2020 Alaska Mission Trip team is forming now!  Have you (or your child) always wanted to see Alaska? Mrs. Brenner is heading a team to Goodnews Bay (on the Bering Sea) in mid-July, 2020.  They will conduct a daily VBS as well as nightly Bible studies, participate in Sunday worship, and establish relationships.  A group from Saginaw has been going to Goodnews Bay for several years and villagers anxiously await to hear the Word as well as invite the team to experience Alaskan fishing and other wonders.  The trip is supported by Saginaw church groups at Peace, Bethlehem, Good Shepherd and Holy Cross as and St. Peter, Hemlock.  Participation is open to those churches as well as Valley Lutheran students. Ages 16 and up are welcome.  The cost is about $1,800, but planned fundraising activities may bring that down. If you have any questions, contact Renee Brenner at rbrenner@vlhs.com or 989-372-2096 or Lori Milroy at lorimilroy@charter.net or 989-412-3666.
School Store and Concession Area Help Needed

Valley's School Store and Concession Area is in need of volunteers from 2:45-3:30 pm on Monday and Friday afternoons. Please contact the office for more information and/or to sign up. 

Other News
Class of 2020 News: Senior Photos, Retreat
Community Information
Faith Lutheran Fall Bazaar - Sat., Nov. 2nd
Faith Lutheran Church is holding their bazaar Saturday, November 2nd from 9 am to 3 pm. Located at 4432 Mackinaw Road, Saginaw, Faith will have outside vendors, a bake sale and a Christmas shopping room. Contact 799-0162 with any questions.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Bazaar - Sat., Nov. 2nd
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is holding their 59th Annual Fall Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, November 2nd from 9 am to 3 pm.  Located at 5555 Brockway in Saginaw, Good Shepherd's bazaar offers a country store, Christmas cookies, crafts, trash 'n treasure, and many vendors.
Trinity Episcopal Christmas Bazaar- Nov. 9th
Trinity Episcopal Church of Bay City invites you to A Christmas Bazaar Saturday, November 9th from 9 am to 3 pm. Shop many handmade items as well as some of your favorite vendors!
Zion Lutheran Deer Widow's Weekend Bazaar - Sat., Nov. 16th
Zion Lutheran of 1707 Kiesel St., Bay City, is hosting a Deer Widow's Weekend Bazaar on Saturday, November 16th from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Shop handmade crafts, art and independent vendor booths, visit the concessions and baked goods shop, and enjoy the massage booth. 


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Mission Statement
Valley Lutheran High School believes that Christ is the foundation of our school and everything that we do.  We prepare our students as children of God academically, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually to serve in the world today and tomorrow.

John Brandt
Valley Lutheran High School