News & Updates for the 2019-2020 School Year

As the end of the 2018-2019 school year fast approaches, I want to share with you some exciting things we are planning for the 2019-2020 school year here at Valley Christian Academy!

New Faculty and Staff Positions

VCA will add two new faculty and staff positions to our existing team for the upcoming school year. We are excited to add a Preschool Assistant and an Academic Coach.

The Preschool Assistant will work alongside the preschool director to teach, supervise, and take care of our growing pre-kindergarten 3 & 4 class.

The Academic Coach will work with students and teachers to enhance the instructional program by teaching students in small groups, creating remediation and enrichment opportunities for students, and evaluating and selecting curricular materials.

We are currently in the process of considering candidates for each position and will make those selections public in the coming weeks.

Also, we are all looking forward to Mrs. Jordan Carter’s return to VCA for the upcoming school year as well. Jordan taught 4th grade at VCA in its inaugural year, and we have certainly missed her and her love of all things history as she took off this year to care for her new baby.

Finally, we are looking for a qualified individual to direct our Aftercare Program for the 2019-2020 school year. Anyone interested can contact us at 423-462-3008.

New Facilities Agreement with Eastanallee Baptist Church

Eastanallee Baptist Church has partnered with Valley Christian Academy in the use of their facilities for the past two years. This past Sunday, Eastanallee members voted to continue to allow VCA to be housed in Eastanallee indefinitely. This is a blessing and an answered prayer!  

HONOR: Chapel Theme for the 2019-2020 School Year

The chapel theme for the 2018-2019 school year was “The joy of the Lord is our strength” from Nehemiah 8:10. After much prayer and consideration, the chapel theme for the 2019-2020 school year will be based around the concept of biblical honor, including honoring God, others, and ourselves from a Christian perspective. More details and scriptures on this will be presented at orientation on August 2, 2019.

Enrollment

Enrollment for the upcoming school year has gotten off to a strong start. There are a few spaces available in each grade for new applicants. Join me in praying for prospective families who are considering a Christian education for their children.

2019-2020 Uniforms

There are no major changes anticipated to the current dress code. We will be adding navy to the polo color choices. Be sure to order by mid-July to give ample time for processing and delivery. Uniforms may be ordered at http://chattanoogahuntsville.educationaloutfitters.com/find-my-school/valley-christian-academy/.

Educational Outfitters runs a 10% off sale in June. We will also have gently used pieces for sale at school as we receive those. Check our facebook page for those as they come available.

2019-2020 Supply Lists

Supply lists will be updated in the next couple of weeks and are available at our website--https://www.valleychristianacademy.us/supply-lists





Article to Share

Do you stop in amazement sometimes when you look at your kids and wonder, “Where is the time going?”

It may be a random moment when they just came in from playing outside and you notice that their pants are two inches too short. It may be when they go fix their own drink in the kitchen for the first time without asking you to get the cup off the shelf that used to be too high for them. It could be when you notice them ignoring their once-beloved action figures in favor of “texting” their friends on their calculator that is now masquerading as a cell phone.

I see these moments, and I stop in the middle of the normal mayhem of homework, dishes, baths, car rides, and dinner, and think, “When did this happen?” or “Where is my baby/toddler/preschooler?”

I think God gives up these glimpses in our every day routines to renew our sense of urgency as parents. It is so easy to get swept away in the everyday demands that we get caught just living, just treading water, just trying to make it to the next weekend or break.

It’s in these moments it comes back to me that I have so much to teach them, show them, tell them about, pass down, and the minutes are slipping by so quickly!

So, it was fitting that this article from Desiring God leapt off the screen at me today. I want to share a snippet with you because I saw this as a place where I can definitely grow as a parent, aunt, teacher, and administrator, and, in hopes that it speaks to you like it did to me.

I especially enjoyed it, I think, because it gives one practical area in which parents can teach their children during the course of hectic everyday life, and it was not an overwhelming list of things to do or programs to begin. Its main focus is answering the question of “why” with gospel-centered intentionality.

Here’s a passage from the article, Marco Silva's "Bring God's Story to Your Child's Curiosity":

When my 6-year-old son asks why we’re sitting through church again, I want to give a pat answer like “It’s good for you” or “Because that’s what God wants us to do.” Instead, may God help me to say something like

“Son, we gather together like this because God has brought us into his true family now. Your mom and I once thought we could make it on our own, but God showed us our need for him. He gave us grace to trust him, and now we need Jesus’s family to help keep us trusting and loving him.”

When my 7-year-old daughter wonders why we don’t have certain dolls, what do I say? Sometimes maybe it’s “you have plenty of toys already,” but maybe other times it’s

“I want you to have dolls to play with, but God cares about how we view our bodies. He created them, each one different from the other in size, shape, and color. But God looks to the heart — not flashy clothes or exposed skin. And he wants us to do the same.”

I was so touched by the thoughtfulness and humility in the answers given to the seemingly inconsequential and sometimes annoying question of why our kids often ask. I was also encouraged by the simplicity of this, that it was something that didn’t require a seminary degree and that, with God’s help, I could do it too!

I hope this inspires you like it did me to seize these moments with our kids and point them to Jesus!

For the full article, you can click below:

https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/bring-gods-story-to-your-childs-curiosity

The Three "'Ships" of Peer Tutoring

When one of our teachers asked me for around thirty minutes a day for a peer-tutoring program she wanted to start, I was a little hesitant at first to spare those instructional minutes. However, after watching the program begin, as both an administrator and a parent, I am sold!

The program has affectionately earned the name of “Buddy Time.” During this time, younger students are paired with older students who lead them in an instructional task such as reading aloud, practicing spelling words, showcasing their own projects, and even the occasional game. Teachers also give the tutors specific items to work on during this time that students may need a little reinforcement on.

Over the course of several weeks, I have observed not only improved academic progress for some of our students but also an overall an increase in the three “ships”--ownership, relationships, and partnerships.

  1. Ownership

    Any teacher can attest to the fact that once a student feels ownership for his or her learning, the sky is the limit. Through Buddy Time, students are seeing that learning is not just to be directed by a teacher in front of a room; learning happens everywhere!  The example of older students working through the content and expressing interest in it is inspiring and encouraging to our younger students, resulting in even more ownership over their learning.

  2. Relationships

    As a newly minted and somewhat nervous 6th grade member of the varsity basketball team, I can clearly remember when an 8th grader walked over to me and said that she was glad I was a part of the team.  That immediately eased my fears and gave me a confidence boost. I am seeing much of the same as a result of Buddy Time. Our students, both old and young, are growing in confidence from a job well done, a new friendship, or an act of service.

  3. Partnerships

    Finally, Buddy Time has reinforced the idea for me and for many of our students and teachers that we are not meant to go through life alone. Teachers are helping teachers, students are helping students, and teachers are helping students of different classes. Buddy Time helps illuminate the idea that we are all in a partnership together where caring for one another and learning are how we navigate through not only the school day, but through this life.

Overall, the Peer Tutoring program has been a wonderful addition to our school, and I am looking forward to watching it grow and impact our students for years to come!