DECEMBER LEGACY NEWSLETTER | New Stage in Use, Year-End Giving, Advent Families, and More
Welcome to the Legacy Newsletter, a monthly communication updating you on key events, campus enhancements, and overall Legacy Campaign progress. Through this newsletter, we have the privilege of informing you how the community’s investment in the campaign is already impacting VCS and helping students thrive.
NEW PERFORMING ARTS STAGE GETS FIRST USE
Another Legacy Campaign initiative has been completed and was already utilized by Village Christian students to ring in the Christmas season.
The new performing arts stage had its opening night on December 10 during our High School Christmas Showcase concert in the Kendall Pavilion. Two days later, it was used during the Middle School Christmas Showcase as well.
“The new stage not only enhances the performance experience in the Auditorium, it can also be used in various forms in other venues,” said Director of Fine Arts Natalie Taylor. “Currently, our ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ cast is rehearsing on the new stage in the Auditorium. It’s an amazing upgrade for our performing venues.”
Being able to customize the stage presents enormous benefits, which was made possible thanks to “Name A Seat” sponsorships and the VCS Patron’s Club, which took on this initiative as a fundraising focus this year.
For the stage, twenty-four heavy-duty platforms are each 4 feet by 8 feet and have numerous configurations. They can also be set at different heights.
The platforms feature an interlocking mechanism that keeps them stable during rigorous performances, also making them perfect for dance and theatre productions.
“The quality of these platforms is outstanding,” said Director of Facilities Mike Custer. “They are built to last and will serve the school well for many years.”
Don’t miss your next chance to see the new stage in use when ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ opens January 22 in the Auditorium.
The first half of the 2019-2020 has been incredible. As a community over the last few months, we have celebrated achievement, growth, and 70 years of God’s faithfulness to Village Christian.
Girls volleyball and girls cross country both earned repeat Olympic League championships with junior Mia Barnett going on to win individual CIF-SS and Foot Locker Regional distance titles.
The arts have once again thrived with phenomenal performances from “Wait Until Dark” to our most recent Christmas shows. Plus, our very own Lena Kim just earned a spot on the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association Honors Orchestra.
Together, we are continuing to build upon an incredible legacy here at Village Christian, and as we approach the new year, we hope that you will prayerfully consider supporting VCS with your year-end giving.
All donations to the Legacy Campaign are tax-deductible and will be immediately put to use to impact our students and teachers.
Gifts to the campaign can be mailed to the school, submitted online (click here), or even be made via stock transfer during the current bull market (click here for instructions). Just make sure your contribution is received or postmarked by December 31, 2019, to receive this year's tax credit.
So, when finalizing any last-minute charitable giving, please keep the school and the exciting enhancements we are implementing for the Village community in mind.
We hope you have a blessed Christmas and New Year!
FAMILIES JOIN VCS TEACHERS AND STAFF IN LIGHTING OF ADVENT CANDLES
Every December, Head of School Tom Konjoyan and the leadership team have the pleasure of hosting a special breakfast for the entire faculty and staff to celebrate Christmas with laughs, fellowship, and impactful testimonies from some of our families.
This year, we want to thank the Duncans, del Reys, and Jones-Morenos (click here for a recent recount of their miraculous journey in 2019), for taking the time to come connect with us.
Each family shared moving stories about their time at Village and related it back to the lighting of a specific Advent candle.
They were joined by Spiritual Life Director George Ratchford and VCS teachers Lianna and Evan Darcey in lighting the remaining candles.
It was the perfect way to kick off the Christmas season.
GIVINGTUESDAY FINAL NUMBERS
Thank you to everyone who supported VCS earlier this month on GivingTuesday.
We received a total of 13 donations for just under $3,000 through the Facebook giving page. Matched contributions from the Facebook promotion will be dispersed in early 2020, and we look forward to putting those funds toward important Legacy Campaign initiatives.
As we announced in last month’s Legacy Newsletter, campaign contributions were already off to a very strong start, and we are proud to say that momentum has continued.
To date, we have received approximately $713,000 in contributions and pledges.
Thank you to everyone who has partnered with us so far. Families have sponsored 43 “Named Seat Plaques,” while 59 families have reached giving levels that will be recognized with bricks in the cross at the center of campus and/or will see their names engraved on the South Athletic Sports Complex plaque.
The first donor recognition ceremony will be held this coming spring, so please be on the lookout for additional details and engraving confirmation early in the new year.
There are some great events on the horizon at VCS! Make sure to mark your calendar with the following key dates:
- Christmas Break – December 20 through January 7
- “Bye Bye Birdie” Middle School performance on new stage – January 23-26
- VCServes – February 24-26 (contact firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer with us)
- Easter Break – April 10-17
- Dinner Auction/Gala (Roarin' '20s Theme) – Saturday, May 2
Village Christian has launched a three-year campaign with the goal of raising $3.3 million to advance – and elevate – our campus and programs. Click here to learn more about the important initiatives and improvements funded by the Legacy Campaign. Partner with us today, and together, we will help VCS students thrive.
Photos by Mr. Tom