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Parent Newsletter
September 9, 2019
Yahweh is The Way
This is what the Lord says - your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go". Isaiah 48:17 NIV
Need to Know
Back to School Night Tomorrow - Tuesday, Sept. 10 @ 6:30 pm
Tomorrow is "Back to School Night" for parents at 6:30 pm. Experience a day in the life of your child by going through their entire day at an accelerated pace. Meet teachers and other parents, hear course requirements, and learn how to get involved. Your attendance sends a clear message that you think school is important. We hope all parents will attend. Class schedules will be waiting at the front entrance. The bell rings at 6:30 pm. Don't be tardy! Your "day" will end at 9 pm.
Remind Accounts - Text & Email Alert Sign Up
Valley Lutheran makes use of Remind, a text and email messaging system, to share information regarding school-wide emergencies and school closings due to inclement weather. Because Remind has restructured their account management, Valley Lutheran has deleted all previous lists and each student and family needs to re-enroll. We ask that individual parents and students sign up for one parent and one student list only, as each list will receive the same notifications and lists are limited to 150 members. Remind is used only in the event that we would contact the entire student body with the same message. Families are limited to a maximum of two (2) parent accounts, and families with students in multiple grades should only sign up for one grade's list.  Please help us be good stewards of our available memberships on each list.
To sign up, send a text message to the number 81010 with the text for your list:
Seniors - Class of 2020: Students @20vlst
Parents @20vlprt
Juniors - Class of 2021: Students @21vlst
Parents @21vlprt
Soph. - Class of 2022: Students @22vlst
Parents @22vlprt
Fresh. - Class of 2023: Students @23vlst
Parents @23vlprt
Fall Service Day - Wednesday, Sept. 25
Putting faith into "action" is an important part of the mission of Valley "to serve in the world". Students get the opportunity to do just that on Fall Service Day,  Wednesday, Sept. 25. Between 8-9 am they will join their family group, at a location, to help others in the Great Lakes Bay Region. The day will conclude between noon and 1 pm. Permission slips with specific site location and times will be sent home with students as the date approaches. All students are required to attend Service Day!
Hot Lunch Price for 2019-20 
Hot lunch prices for 2019-20 are $35 for a 10-punch card. Individual lunches are $3.75. Cards may be purchased in the office before school. Applications for free and reduced lunches are available on our website.  Download here.
Upcoming Events

Sept. 10 Back to School Night for Parents, 6:30 pm
Sept. 14 ACT, 8:00 am
Sept. 14 VLHS Golf Scramble, 8:00 am registration, 9:00 am shot-gun start
Sept. 20
Parent Organization Mum Sale, 1:00 pm - until sold out
Sept. 23 Parents in Prayer, 8:00 am
Sept. 25 Service Day
Sept. 27 Grand Homecoming Tailgate, Parade: 4:45 pm
Sept. 28 Homecoming Dance: 8:00 pm

Get Involved
Booster Club Meeting Tonight - Monday, Sept. 9 at 7 pm
Valley Lutheran's Booster Club is holding its first meeting of the year tonight at 7 pm in the office conference room.  The Booster Club meets once a month and helps provide funding for drama, art, and extracurricular activities for Valley students.  If you cannot make tonight's meeting, but are willing to learn more about how you can assist Valley's Booster program, please contact Trisha Kelsey in the office at 790-1676. 
Booster Club Concession Help Needed
Valley's Booster Club is looking for concession volunteers for the home 2019 soccer and football games.  Please click here to view the sign-up. Thank you!
Last Call - 20th Annual Golf Scramble
Last call to participate in Valley's 20th Annual Golf Scramble! The Golf Scramble will occur this Saturday, September 14th with a 9 am Shotgun Start at Apple Mountain Golf Course. The rate remains $85 per person. Brochures are available in the school office or can be  downloaded here. The Golf Scramble helps raise money for the Student Aid Fund, which provides tuition assistance for students in need.
Parent Organization Meeting - Tuesday, Sept. 17 - 6 pm @ G's
The first Parent Organization meeting of the 2019-2020 school year is Sept. 17 at 6 pm at G's Pizzeria on Bay Road in Saginaw. Membership in the Parent Organization is free and open to anyone interested in supporting Valley Lutheran! Mark your calendar and join our great group to discuss upcoming events for the school year and enjoy dinner at the same time.
Parent Organization Mum Sale - Friday, Sept. 20
Fall is just around the corner! Consider adding some gorgeous color to your yard and supporting the VLHS Parent Organization with their potted mum sale.  Mums cost $10 each and the sale runs Friday, September 20th from 1 pm - the last mum is sold. The mums will be sold in the parking lot on a cash and carry basis. Thank you to Boehler's Greenhouse in Saginaw for being this year's vendor.
Parents in Prayer Meeting - Monday, Sept. 23
Parents in Prayer is a group of parents who gather to pray at Valley Lutheran twice each month.The next Parents in Prayer date is Monday, September 23 from 8-9:30 am (can be finished by 9 am upon request). The group prays for the needs of your children, as well as the needs of all the students at Valley. All parents are invited to join in these meetings, even if you are only able to occasionally make a prayer meeting. Prayer requests can be sent to Confidential requests can be sent to this address or can be submitted in the prayer box on the wall by the south entrance in the RC. If you have questions, please call or text Carla Belill at 989-295-3018.
Grand Homecoming Tailgate - Friday, Sept. 27
The Grand Homecoming Tailgate will take place Friday, September 27 at 4:45 pm at the soccer fields south of the school parking lot. This year, there will be a special Valley Family Tent with food, drinks and activities for all ages in attendance. Stop by and say hi, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy the parade. Valley encourages association and supporting congregations to join the tailgate and bring their own tent/food/drinks. If your congregation is not hosting a tent, plan to join the Valley Family Tent!
Volunteer Opportunity Available

Looking for an easy way to help out Valley? Valley's School Store and Concession Area is in need of volunteers from 2:45-3:30 pm to open the concessions to the many students who remain after school. We are looking for volunteers each day of the week, so please consider one or more days!  Please contact the office for more information and/or to sign up. 

Other News
Class of 2020 News: Senior Photos, Retreat
  • Save the date! 
    The Senior Class Retreat will be held Oct. 18-20 at Camp Timbers. We hope to see you there!
Vendors Sought for VLHS Holiday Bazaar
Valley Lutheran is looking for vendors for its annual Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale. Crafters, businesses and home-based consultants are welcome to rent tables for the November 9th event, which runs from 9 am to 3 pm at the school. The deadline to apply is Oct. 18. Contracts can be downloaded here. For more information, contact Lynn Jezowski at 989-327-5052 or Patti Blazejewski 989-780-2306.
Athletic Passes Available for Purchase
Athletic passes are a great way to save money when attending Valley Lutheran sporting events. Passes cost $20 for 10 entries  to a regular season home game. Passes can be purchased at the entrance of athletic events. Without a pass, single-game admission is $5 for adults and students. The cost is the same for away games.  Please note that admission for all-conference and division tournaments is $5 and athletic passes are not accepted.
Guidance Corner
The PSAT/NMSQT Exam is being offered Wednesday, October 16th during the school day. This exam is the only way for juniors to qualify for a National Merit Scholarship. It's also great practice for the SAT exam students will take in April. Sophomores would also benefit from taking this exam as practice. Cost is $18 payable to VLHS. See the office to register. If you registered your student at the Junior Information Night, please send a check for the registration fee to the school office. 

The CollegeBoard provides a great, free resource for students and their families to navigate the world of careers and colleges. Students can log into their CollegeBoard account, fill out surveys to link them to potential careers and colleges, and save favorite schools to compare and contrast. Check it out as a family at

All seniors should check their VLHS emails for an invitation to create an account with Parchment, a company that securely sends electronic copies of your transcripts and test scores to colleges and scholarship organizations at your request. This is a service that is free to students through their senior year of high school.  If you have questions, check out the Parchment QuickStart Guide and Ordering Transcripts through Parchment

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 before the start of school. 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. 

SAT Information, Registration, etc. -
ACT Information, Registration, etc. -
Khan Academy (free test prep) -

Community Events
JME Memorial Run/Walk Sept. 14
The St. Paul Lutheran Church and School's 8th Annual JME Memorial Run/Walk will be held  Saturday, Sept. 14 . There are five races: quarter- mile run (10 and under), 1-mile and 2-mile run/walk. All races will begin on Ziegler Road (just next to the church at 6100 Westside Saginaw Road in Bay City). Registration forms are available at Registration deadline is  Sept. 6  to guarantee a race T-shirt.
Sidewalk Counseling Training
The 40 Days for Life campaign is offering a one-day training seminar on Saturday, September 14th from 8 am to 4 pm for those interested in a peaceful, prayerful approach to sidewalk advocacy. The training will occur on Valley's campus. Using the training materials from Sidewalk Advocates for Life, attendees will learn how to counsel women as they approach an abortion clinic. Our goal is to use a loving approach to offer these women in crisis the hope and resources they need to turn away from the clinic. Please register to Bess Winter at 989-295-0055 by September 12. 

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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