VPS News

From student shout-outs to the exciting things that happened at our last school event or a great parenting article, we’ll post it all here for you. Please be sure to visit this page often so you’re always well informed about what’s happening at VPS.

Pajama Day

Next week on December 14, come to school wearing your pajamas! If you do not wear your pajamas, please wear your school uniform. Slippers are not allowed! You must wear your normal school shoes.

Annual Gala Information

Recently at our Monday Flag Ceremony, we launched the theme for our annual gala event - Circo Classico. If you wish to get involved in planning, let us know! There will be a scheduled meeting in January (more information to come) for all who wish to assist in making this exciting event a success! For more information about this event, please read our December 7, 2018 ROAR newsletter.

Annual Fund

When you donate to the Annual Fund, you may designate your donation to support one of the following programs at Valley Prep:

  • The ongoing implementation of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program
    • Help us to provide our teachers with the best training possible.
  • The ongoing implementation of the STEAM program
    • Help us to provide our STEAM-lab with the latest technology & resources.
  • Scholarships
    • Help us to increase our enrollment by making the school more affordable.
  • Facility upgrades
    • Help us to make our campus safe, sustainable, and attractive.
  • Classroom resources, including teacher wish lists
    • Help us to provide our teachers with the resources they need to be successful in their classrooms.

Last year we raised nearly $50,000, including grants. Please help us to surpass this amount in 2018-19! We are aiming for 100% participation from our staff & school board and 70% participation from our school families. We appreciate any amount! We encourage you to donate through our website, or pay in the school office (cash, check, credit card).

Class of 2019 Fundraiser

Each year, the eighth grade class selects a parting gift to give back to Valley Prep as a way of improving the school and benefiting future students. They work hard all year to raise the funds for this endeavor. This year, the class will be selling See's Candies to aid in their fundraising efforts. See's Candies holiday order forms went home in the students Friday envelopes on Friday, November 8. Additional order forms are available in the VPS office if you need them. See's Candies will make a great gift for everyone on your holiday list. Please turn in your order forms with payment in the envelope provided by Monday, December 3, 2018, to your child’s homeroom teacher or directly to the office. Checks should be made payable to Valley Preparatory School. The candies will be available for distribution during the week of December 10. If you have any questions, please contact room parents Chanda Lowe (951) 206.8681 or Arlin Roman (661) 965.0303. Thank you for supporting the Class of 2019!

Foreign Students at VPS

As previously mentioned, Valley Prep is developing a partnership with Karle Witte International Academy to facilitate a “culture exchange program dedicated to bringing diversity and forming connections through education". Mr. Schutz, our Assistant Head of School, recently returned from an eight-day recruiting trip to China as part of the Karle Witte delegation. He visited many schools, and made important contacts with local administrators and “agents” as we move forward with this collaboration. 

As a result, we expect to have 15 to 20 students visiting Valley Prep from China in late January for one week. Further details about this cultural exchange will be available in December, including the need to have “host families” with whom the visiting children can reside for the week. For more information, please read our November 9, 2018 ROAR newsletter.