Training For Eternity

Helpful Notes to our VCS Families

Thank you for making Christian education a priority. The following information is provided to help you learn about VCS. God Bless you and your family as we begin this new school year together.

Emails for VCS staff can be found on the staff page.

School Hours:

  • Pre-K through 5th grade: 8:15 A.M. thru 3:05 P.M.
  • Grades 6th thru 12th: 7:25 A.M. to 2:10 P.M.

First Day Of School

Students should bring supplies and wear their regular dress uniform unless you have an elementary student who has PE that day. You are welcome to take pictures and be with your student before the first bell rings. School starts promptly at the above times. What an exciting day!

Uniforms

Uniforms are purchased at Children’s World Uniform Supply located at 4525 Bee Ridge Rd. in Sarasota. They can be contacted at (941) 955-6999 or on their website at Children’s World Uniform Supply.

Snacks

Preschool through second grade have a snack every day. Each teacher has her own guidelines. A bottle of water or extra drink may be included in your child’s lunchbox. Please remember to pack healthy snacks such as sliced veggies, fruit, etc.

Lunch

Students bring a lunch including a drink, napkin and any silverware needed. Many students use small coolers instead of lunchboxes. Snacks and drinks are available in the lunchroom only during lunch or after school.

Every Friday (starting the 2nd week of school) we serve “Domino’s Pizza”. All orders are to be prepaid for the year in advance. You will receive information on placing orders during the first week of school.

Money Matters

Tuition checks can be mailed or personally delivered to the office. A statement is mailed home monthly and includes any additional fees, i.e. childcare, clothing rental, etc. Please note the late fee charge policy.

Library fines should be taped to the library overdue notice and given to the teacher who will forward them to the librarian.

Campus Visitation

You are always welcome to visit and/or volunteer at the school. Please sign in at the office and get a visitor button whenever you come on campus for the purpose of visiting or talking to your child. Items such as lunches and notebooks should be left in the office and will be delivered to the student.

Sign-In, Sign-Out Procedure

If a student arrives late to school, he/she must be signed in at the office and receive either an excused or unexcused pass before going to class. Please read the handbook for these guidelines. If you are picking your child up early, please sign him out at the office. Office personnel will get your child out of class. A note to the teacher and office in the morning will help us to have your child ready when you arrive.

Volunteers

Your help is always appreciated. Volunteers are also welcome to serve as: lunch room aides, room moms or dads, party helpers, pizza lunch servers, campus beautification, library aide, drivers for field trips and with many other opportunities available. Please sign up in the office in the PTF Volunteer Binder.

In order to drive on field trips you must have a Certificate of Car Insurance on file in the office that includes a statement of coverage currently held. The minimum amount of insurance that is required is $50,000/$100,000 bodily injury and $50,000/$100,000 uninsured motorist. We also need a copy of your Florida driver’s license.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

These are opportunities to discuss your child’s progress. Kindergarten students do not receive a report card the first grading period. Please feel free to arrange conferences at any time to discuss your child’s progress.  You can also easily email each teacher with questions, concerns or requesting a meeting.

Fundraisers

The school sponsors several fundraisers throughout the year. Families help solicit donations for fundraisers. There are prizes awarded in accordance with the amount of donations collected.

  • At the start of each school year the PTF sponsors a fundraiser.
  • Each year starting in October, the students sell Christmas wreaths.
  • The Victory Run in the spring allows students (parents too!) to walk/run 50 laps for the pledges they solicited per lap. Parents are always needed to count laps completed by the students, tally the totals, and serve refreshments. The youngest students run first.

Parent participation is needed for the fundraisers. In the past, monies have gone to refurbish the playground, purchase computers and buy instructional materials for teachers and the library.

Library

Library books and materials may be checked out each week. Overdue books and materials are subject to fines. Fine notices are sent home weekly. The Library sponsors an annual book fair. The date will be announced. Children look forward to this event and the proceeds benefit the library.

Yearbook

The Lion’s Pride yearbook is published each year with the help of high school students. Business advertisements provide the major funding. The book may be purchased each spring in the office.

Portraits

Each student’s picture is taken by a professional photographer in the early fall. A variety of packages are available for your purchase.

School Programs

All students participate in programs under the direction of our music teacher. Programs are held off campus at a local church.

Students may need to practice two or three days at the church during the week of the program. Parents will be notified about transportation arrangements before rehearsals begin.

Class Parties

Each teacher directs any and all parties through the room mothers. Parties are usually held in October (autumn theme—NOT Halloween), the last day of school before Christmas break, Valentine’s Day, and at the end of the school year. Please check with your child’s teacher if you wish to do something special on your child’s birthday.

Reporting Professionals’ Misconduct

All employees and agents of a public school district, charter school or private school have an obligation and legal responsibility to report misconduct by instructional personnel and school administrators which affects the health, safety or welfare of a student. Misconduct includes: obscene language, drug and alcohol use, disparaging comments, prejudice or bigotry, sexual innuendo, cheating, testing violations, physical aggression, accepting or offering favors.

If someone tells you about misconduct, be a LEADER: Listen – Evaluate – Act immediately – Document – Encourage – Report

Report any misconduct to: Jerry Frimmel, Principal at (941) 496-4411.

Venice Christian School • 1200 Center Rd. • Venice, FL 34292
Phone: 941.496.4411 • Fax: 941.408.8362