Website  |   About   |   Calendar  |   News  |   Giving  |   Contact
Updated Parent Newsletter
August 27, 2019

Yesterday's mailing was missing the last paragraph.  Get the rest of the "story" today.

Knowing Which Way is Up

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, 
"This is the way; walk in it."   Isaiah 30:21 (NIV)

     In choosing this verse as their theme for the year, the seniors both ask the question, "Which way?" and answer it, "Yahweh!"
     I suppose it is appropriate for the Class of 2020 (since 20/20 is also used to describe perfect vision), that the clear-sighted, long-range, powerful vision for their lives is that of Jesus.
     We are told without equivocation, "Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me'." (John 14:6)  This is good news! It removes the impossible burden from us, unable to perfectly keep the Law, and places it upon Jesus who died in our place as payment for our sin and then rose again to conquer death forever.
     As our response to that undeserved gift, we should also share "The Way" with others.  There are a number of strategies available - you can tell someone the way, you can point to the way, you can draw or map out the way - but the most effective is certainly to show them the way.  However, we can only show someone the way to a place we know well and have been to before.  

     It is my prayer for all of us in the Valley Lutheran family, that we continue to make our way to Jesus over and over again - holding on to His promise and then showing others the way and what it looks like to "walk in it."  Blessings to you and your family as you enter the new school year.

- Dr. Lisa Meyers
School Pictures
Picture day will be  Thursday, Aug. 29. Order forms were sent home today. Seniors are required to have their photo taken for their student identification cards.
Parents in Prayer Meetings Begin Sept. 3
Parents in Prayer is a group of parents who gather to pray at Valley Lutheran twice each month. The group will meet at the school from 8-9:30am (can be finished by 9am upon request) on Sept. 3. The group prays for the needs of your children, as well as the needs of all the students at Valley. Parents can attend any or all of the dates. 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.
Parent Open House Tuesday, Sept. 10
It's "Back to School Night" for parents at 6:30pm Tuesday, Sept. 10. 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 6:30pm. Don't be tardy! Your "day" will end at 9pm.
20th Annual Golf Scramble
Valley's 20th Annual Golf Scramble will be Saturday, Sept. 14, at Apple Mountain Golf Course.  The rate remains at $85 per person to encourage and facilitate a fun and full event that is accessible to as many as possible! 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 Sept. 17
The Parent Organization meeting is Sept. 17 at 6pm at G's Pizzeria on Bay Road in Saginaw. 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 Sept. 20
Fall is right around the corner. Add some gorgeous color to your yard and support the VLHS Parent Organization at the same time. Potted mums will sell for $10.  The sale runs 1pm - the last mum is sold. Don't tarry as they go fast. 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.
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 a.m. 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 1pm. 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, so mark this day on your calendar and keep it open.
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!
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.
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.
Attention Amazon Shoppers
Did you know that you can support Valley Lutheran while shopping on Amazon?  Rather than going to go to instead.  Every item available for purchase on is also available on at the same price. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to Valley Lutheran.  On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you will be prompted to select a charitable organization.  Type in Valley Lutheran High School and hit select.  Next you need to find the Saginaw, Michigan, location and hit select again.  Now you are ready to begin shopping. Although not every purchase is eligible, you may be surprised by how many are. Consider giving it at try.
Kroger Community Rewards Program
Kroger is committed to helping our communities grow and prosper. Year after year, local schools, churches and other nonprofit organizations will earn millions of dollars through Kroger Community Rewards. Kroger Community Rewards makes fund-raising easy...all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card. To log in or create an account, visit the website .  Valley's ID number is MV482. You can also enroll by searching the name Valley Lutheran High School Saginaw, Michigan.
Guidance Corner
The new school year can be both scary and exciting, but there are lots of things that you can do as parents to help set your student up for success. Here are 10 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in High School.  

Students have until the fifth full day of the semester, Wednesday, Sept. 4 , to make any academic changes to their courses. See Mrs. Mueller ASAP to change a course.

Seniors, be sure to take some time to fill out those Brag Sheets before you get inundated with homework and projects for the school year. These make a drastic difference in the quality of your recommendation letters. See Google Classroom for the template.

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.

It is a common trend for students to take the SAT or ACT multiple times before applying to college. Colleges will accept either exam score and will typically take the highest score earned, regardless of the test date. If your student is going to be applying this year, it might be a good idea to take the SAT or ACT early this fall.

Most colleges will accept either exam. Need help deciding which exam to take?  Check out this guide!
A limited number of student testing guides and practice exams are available from Mrs. Mueller in the Guidance Office. These are free to students on a first-come, first-served basis.

Students under the age of 18 need a work permit on file in order to hold employment. Work permits are available in the school office, and require information from the student and parent, the employer, and the school. Stop in during normal office hours to pick up a permit.

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.
Upcoming Events
Aug. 29 School Pictures
Aug. 30-Sept. 2 No School - Labor Day Weekend
Sept. 3 Parents in Prayer, 8am
Sept. 10 Back to School Night for Parents, 6:30pm
Sept. 14 ACT, 8am
Sept. 14 VLHS Golf Scramble, 8:00am registration, 9:00am shot-gun start
Sept. 20
Parent Organization Mum Sale, 1pm - until sold out
Sept. 23 Parents in Prayer, 8am
Sept. 25 Service Day

 Click on the image above to view the latest Valley Vision.

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