Summer Reading for all ages!

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Looking for great new summer reads? Here are books for all ages to read and enjoy! Happy reading!

Preschool Age Kids:

  • Z is for Moose: Fresh and fun alphabet book

  • Toe Shoe Mouse: Unlikely friendship between a ballerina and a mouse

  • A Parade of Elephants: Counting fun with elephants

  • Hello Hello: An easy to understand intro to endangered wildlife

  • Drum Dream Girl: A girl who proved that drums aren’t just for boys

  • Last Stop on Market Street: Nana shares the beauty of their community with her grandson

Lower Elementary Kids:

  • The Girl who Thought in Pictures: The story of Dr. Temple Grandin

  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: Poetry of Fred Rogers

  • Lambslide: Farm animals learn about campaigns and voting

  • I am Neil Armstrong: Chronicles the story that led up to the “Small Step” on the moon

  • What’s the Big Deal about Elections: Why is voting important?

  • The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare: Science Fair is saved by hero princess

Upper Elementary Kids:

  • Birth of Cool: Miles Davis coming of age story

  • Caterpillar Summer: Summer story about a girl and her younger brother staying with grandparents

  • New Kid: Adjusting to a new school and making new friends

  • Max and the Midknights: Lessons of bravery and kindness in a fun Middle Ages tale

  • Song for a Whale: Tale of a deaf girl who wants to connect with a whale

  • Welcome to Dog Beach: Dealing with change and loss and learning responsibility

Middle School/Early Teens:

  • Wonder: Seeing the inner beauty of those who are different

  • Reaching for the Moon: Biography of Katherine Howard from “Hidden Figures”

  • Darius the Great is Not Ok: Story of friendship and family

  • The Giver: Graphic Novel edition

  • The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s opposition of the Nazi regime

  • Crash: Chronicle of the economic crash of the Stock Market in 1929

School Supply Lists

Hello Families,

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In order to prepare for the big Back to School sales happening this summer, we have updated and published our School Supply lists! Supply lists are available at the bottom of the Resources Page on our website or by clicking the icon to the left.

Please note that in an effort to make shopping easier for our families we have organized and grouped items by type. They are also uniformly organized across grade levels so you can easily look across pages for multiple children.

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Also, keep a lookout for summer sales from Land’s End! They are doing regular door busters throughout the month of July. Sign up for their emails HERE so you never miss a deal! Our school code is 900131756. Please remember that VCA logos are required for the 2019-2020 school year.

Let us know if you have any questions! Happy Shopping!

End of Year Events

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End of Year Happenings - *Details below

*K-8th Awards Chapel - May 29th

MS End of Year Party – May 31st

*Preschool Graduation – May 31st @ 11:00 AM in the South Campus Worship Center

8th Grade Graduation – May 31st @ 6:30 PM in the South Campus Worship Center

Elementary End of Year Party – June 5th

MS Rock-N-Water – June 3rd-5th

Last Day of School – Wednesday, June 5th

*Preschool Closure – Thursday & Friday June 6th-7th

Awards Chapel Schedule 5/29

On Wednesday, May 29th VCA will host its annual Awards Chapel. This is a day you will want to plan to share with your child. It is one of our favorite days of the year as we get to honor each student by recognizing the God given gifts that they have received and exhibited over the school year. The schedule is as follows:

K-2nd Grades 8:30-10:00 AM South Campus Worship Center

3rd-5th Grades 10:30-12:00 PM South Campus Worship Center

6th-8th Grades 1:30-3:30 PM North Campus Fireside Room

Pre-K Graduation Save the Date & PS Closures

May 31st, 11:00a-12:00p, Pre-Kindergarten Graduation in the Worship Center!

Rooms 108 & 109 in session from 7:30am-10:30am. Closed for second half of the day.

Rooms 105, 106 & 107 in session as normal until 5:30pm.

PS CLOSURE: Thursday & Friday June 6 & 7th – Teacher In-Service Days for Summer Session Prep. Summer session starts on June 10th.

Veritas's Got Talent!

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Open House: 5:15-6:15pm

Talent Show: 6:30pm

Come one, come all, to see the students of Veritas Christian Academy rock the stage! We have student participation from Preschool through 8th grade! There will be students taking the stage for the very first time and students wrapping up their careers on the VCA stage before they graduate. We have musicians, singers, athletes (oh yes!), animals, comedians, family acts, friends, solos, duets and MORE!

Come early for Kindergarten-5th Grade Open House from 5:15-6:15pm and stay for the fun! Veritas’s Got Talent starts at 6:30pm

The PFC Board will also be running a VERY SPECIAL ticket deal at the Talent Show for the upcoming Golf Tournament (Scheduled for Friday, October 4th, 2019). This deal will only be available for tickets purchase at the Talent Show.

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Welcome Wednesday - Only TWO dates left!

Our upcoming Welcome Wednesday events are a great way to learn more about life at VCA!

Families who are interested in learning more about joining the VCA family can join us April 3rd or May 1st. Come and experience the VCA community through chapel, conversation and classroom tours. If you have students in both age groups (Elementary and Middle School) you can sign up for a Welcome Wednesday on both campuses for two different dates or choose one event to attend.

Follow the link above to register!

Preschool/Elementary School Welcome Wednesday - FCC Campus; 2659 1st St., Napa, CA

8:30am Chapel in the Worship Center

9:00am Parent to Parent coffee and mingle in the Activity Center with current VCA Parents

9:30am Campus observations with Renee VanMaren (Preschool) or grade level teacher (Elementary)

Middle School Welcome Wednesday - Grace Church Campus; 3765 Solano Ave., Napa, CA

8:15am Observe Open Gym, Daily Devotion, Flag Salute and Announcements

8:30am Introduction and Q&A with Middle School Director and VCA Parent followed by a campus tour and classroom observation

Veritas Is...

What is Veritas Christian Academy? Meet our parents, students and staff and find out what they have to say in our "Veritas is..." video!

Come to Welcome Wednesday to learn more!

Thank you to Julie Gavrilis, with Get Jules, and her videography team for their hard work on this video! What a beautiful showcase of the dedicated staff, parents and students who make up our school family!


Meet the Masters

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Our students love the Meet the Masters art curriculum! This three step approach to learning includes a multi-media presentation about each artist, a hands on technique worksheet and an individual art project inspired by the artist’s techniques.

Presentation: PowerPoint presentation including interactive questions, a virtual art gallery and information about the artist’s life and history.

Student Workshop: Using a self-guided packet, the students reinforce what they have learned by practicing the techniques that are most attributed to the artist.

Student Art Projects: The unit culminates in a project where each student demonstrates their newfound knowledge of the artist’s medium, subject matter and/or style to create their very own art piece.

The program is designed in multiple levels so students of all ages can learn and grow in their creativity and artistry.

Please check out the Meet the Masters website if you have any additional questions.

Christmas Break Activities for the whole family

Christmas Break is here! Enjoy time as a family with these fun activities.

  • Movie night - snuggle down under the covers, pop some popcorn and enjoy a fabulous family Christmas or winter themed movie!

  • Make your own snow globe - this fun and simple craft makes an adorable decoration or handmade gift! http://mollymoocrafts.com/christmas-crafts-snow-globe/

  • Bake and decorate cookies - then share them with the neighbors! What better way to share the love of Christ than with tasty treats!

  • Take a hike - Napa is full of beautiful places to enjoy during the winter months! Hike up Westwood Hills and enjoy the view. Take your furry family members to Alston Park. Enjoy a bike ride on the Vine Trail.

  • Puddle jump - take advantage of the wet weather and get ready to JUMP! Then come back inside for a warm bath and hot chocolate.

  • Ice Skating - enjoy this classic winter sport under the stars for extra fun! http://onicerinks.com/napa-on-ice/

  • Check out Christmas lights - there are so many wonderful light displays throughout the city! Get hot chocolate to go and load up into the car. Consider caroling with friends at the extra festive homes! https://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/photos-holiday-light-displays-in-napa-valley/collection_af7817de-fdb3-11e8-889a-db943bf5aca0.html#1

  • Organize and donate toys/clothes - clear out clothes and toys that have been outgrown and take a special trip to donate them to those in need. Salvation Army, Church Women’s United and Expressions of Hope are great organizations that do so much for our local community!

  • Read a book or book series together – then watch the movies. So many book series are being made into movies and TV shows! Find a series you enjoy and read the books and finish by watching the movie or show! Compare the two and see how they are different or similar.

  • Enjoy fun local activities for families - https://napavalleykid.com/seasonal-events/family-friendly-holiday-guide-2018/

We hope your break is beautiful time celebrating the birth of Jesus! We hope these suggestions make your time even more enjoyable!

Mosquito facts

Hello families,

Have you noticed a rise in biting mosquitoes recently? The Napa Valley Register printed a story about what's going on; read it here.

Here are a few mosquito facts for our students, parents and members of the community who use school playing fields.

  1. The salt marsh mosquito does NOT carry West Nile virus or any other disease. The bite can be painful and leave a welt.
  2. Salt marsh mosquitoes breed in tidal marsh water, not fresh water, so standing water on campus or irrigated school fields are not a source of the mosquitoes.
  3. This is an unusual event, and the Mosquito Abatement District expects the hatch to be over soon.

Neither mowing the grass nor reducing irrigation will reduce the number of mosquitoes, so we will not take those steps. State law will not allow us to use insecticides on the school campus. So our best option is to wait until the adult mosquito activity is over.

In the meantime, long pants and long sleeves can help protect your child from mosquito bites. School staff will monitor the situation at each school and will take proper steps to reduce your child’s exposure during the school day, which may include keeping children off of grassy areas or fields, etc. 

 

Originally posted by NVUSD via ParentSquare 8/30/2018

First Christian School Re-Named as Veritas Christian Academy

Top Napa Private School Celebrates 20th Year with New Name and New Focus

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7/10/18 Napa, CA: Veritas Christian Academy (VCA), a leading preschool – 8th grade private education institution in the Napa Valley has announced a new name and curriculum focus, as the school enters its 20th year. Founded in 1998, as First Christian School of Napa, the institution has long been regarded as a place for positive and academically excellent learning experiences, delivered in a safe, family-focused environment. VCA students have excelled in preparation for higher education and later in life.

The name change comes as part of the school’s strategic vision to expand its reach to the greater Napa Valley. Rather than being linked to a single church, the school will now work to foster a support network of multiple churches, community organizations, families and individuals.  Earlier this year, the school announced a multi-campus approach, which will commence in September 2018. Preschool through 5th grade programs will remain on the First Christian Church campus, now referred to as the VCA South Campus.  Middle School, 6th-8th grade, will move to the Grace Church campus, now referred to as the VCA North Campus.

Coinciding with the new name and multi-campus strategy, the school will take on a STEAM-based curriculum focus: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. STEAM is an integrated approach to learning, which requires a purposeful connection between standards, assessments, lesson design and implementation. The goal of the STEAM program is to deliver a more active and well-rounded academic experience.

“2018 is a banner year for our school on many fronts,” said VCA Head of School, Dawnelle Ellis. “We celebrate our 20th year with a new name and re-affirmed focus on delivering an outstanding education to our students. The heart of our new name, Veritas, is Latin for truth. Teaching truth, God’s truth, is the core of our mission. We couldn’t be more thrilled to begin this new era for our school and the entire Napa Valley community.”

About Veritas Christian Academy:

Veritas Christian Academy (VCA) was originally founded as First Christian School in 1998, with the mission of partnering with parents to provide their children with a challenging academic education instilled with Christian values. Since that time, the school has grown to include award-winning preschool, elementary and middle school programs. VCA students overwhelmingly enjoy their school experience, and graduate with lives of purpose, service and leadership. VCA features academically and emotionally well-rounded STEAM curriculum, effective student-teacher ratios, outstanding test scores, dual-accreditation and a distinctive family atmosphere. To learn more, call 707-253-7226.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students:

Veritas Christian Academy is a business of Napa Valley Christian Education Group (NVCEG), a 501(c)(3) organization. NVCEG schools admit students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It doesn’t discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.

New School Name - A new era for our school!

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Happy Independence Day! This day not only marks the celebration of our country’s independence, it also introduces an exciting new era for our school. First Christian School has operated as a ministry of First Christian Church of Napa since our inception in August 1998. The church has acted as our “parent” for the past 19 years, and now we are ready to graduate into an independent institution, as God calls us into our future.

Therefore, we begin our 20th year as a multi-campus independent Christian school. Preschool through 5th grade programs will remain on the First Christian Church campus, now referred to as the South Campus. Middle School, 6th-8th grade, will move to the Grace Church campus, now referred to as the North Campus.

With this new era comes a new name. The reason for the name change is to create a community school system that is supported by a network of Christian churches, verses just one church. I’m thrilled to announce that new school name will be Veritas Christian Academy. Veritas is Latin for truth. Teaching truth, God’s truth, is the core of our school mission. We have also created a new 501(c)(3) corporation to manage all business operations related to the school. This corporation has been named Napa Valley Christian Education Group. The corporate name allows us to grow as God leads us into a bright educational future.

Summer VBS Schedule

Are you looking for local, summer activities for your school age kids? Mrs. Heather Taber has put together a Summer VBS Guide for the Napa churches! What better way to spend summertime than by learning more about God's love? Thank you Mrs. Taber for your work to assemble this awesome tool!

Download the PDF Flyer  HERE

Download the PDF Flyer HERE

FCS Lions Golf Tournament: May 18th

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The 2018 FCS LIONS Golf Tournament & Jason Gray Concert is May 18th at the beautiful Chardonnay Golf Club in Napa Valley. This tournament is guaranteed to be a fun time with a long-drive contest, closest to the pin competition, putting contest, Wheel of Fortune, Beat the Pro, Poker, and more! You will also have the opportunity to win a brand new car courtesy of Jimmy Vasser as a hole-in-one grand prize!

Additionally, there will be a post-tournament dinner, silent auction, and live music from Jason Gray! Single players are $125 and foursomes are $500. The tournament will be a scramble format with a shotgun start at 12:00 pm.

Location:
Chardonnay Golf Club
2555 Jameson Canyon Road

First Christian School Open Enrollment Begins for 2018-2019 School Year

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The 20th year of First Christian School will kick off this fall!  Now is the time to get your family involved in a truly positive learning experience.

Enrollment is now open for K-8th Grade. Spaces in all grades are now available on a first come, first served basis. This includes our excellent Middle School program, which moves to a new campus on the grounds of Grace Church in September 2018.  

Preschool open enrollment begins on March 1st.  We have already received high interest in Preschool for 2018-2019, so act quickly!

We encourage new families interested in First Christian School to attend an upcoming Welcome Wednesday event. This is your opportunity to visit the campus, meet the staff and experience our unique environment.

Welcome Wednesday events will take place on March 7th and 21st, beginning at 9am.

Click here for more information, and to register. 

We hope to hear from you soon!