NINTH GRADE RETREAT

Retreat + Ignite

The freshman retreat is an essential moment in the Village journey, and we are so excited to announce a mini-retreat on Sunday, May 2. The retreat will be geared towards class bonding, the building of relationships between students and teachers, and connecting with Jesus through fun, worship and ice cream! This year we will be combining the freshman retreat with one of our signature freshmen events, The Ignite Ceremony. This ceremony is an opportunity for your student to be surrounded by his/her 1:5 Circles of Care as they formally select their VCS Concentrations. We invite parents, family and mentors (limited to 7 people in addition to your student) to bring a favorite meal for the Circles of Care to enjoy during the ceremony. Each family will be given their own individual round table. RSVPs are essential due to limited space.

Click Here for a video explanation from Mr. Ratchford

When & Where: Sunday, May 2 (VCS campus)
Drop off time = 1:45pm.
Ignite Ceremony Doors Open = 5:30pm
Ignite Ceremony = 6:00-7:30pm

Registration Deadline: Friday, April 16
Click Here to complete the required RSVP for the retreat. The earlier you RSVP the better.

Collect Letters and Video Affirmations:
During the Ignite Ceremony, we will have a moment for words of affirmation. For mentors and family who are unable to attend, we are asking you to collect letters and/or videos. This will be a moment to show your student how much they are valued by their Circle of Care.

*During the retreat we will maintain the safety standards practiced each day at school such as masks, social distancing and health screening. Students will be required to complete the Healthtrac app prior to the retreat. It is up to each family's discretion when choosing who sits at their table. Attire will be casual within VCS dress code.

For questions, please contact
Mr. Ratchford
georger@villagechristian.org
818 767-8382 x203

Read below for more information about Ignite, Concentrations and 1:5 Circles of Care

We consider it a privilege to support your son or daughter in the process of selecting an academic Concentration, which they will reveal during our Ignite Ceremony on Sunday, March 2, 2021. In addition to requesting your presence at the event, please work with your 9th grader to invite their 1:5 Circles of Care to attend. The Circles of Care are five adults whom they have identified as both trustworthy and accessible. These mentors are essential in helping them thrive in their journey towards adulthood. They are the adults who, both on and off school campus, fan into a flame the “spark of purpose” burning inside your child. It is from the symbol of spark-to-flame which we derive the name for our Ignite Ceremony. (We also welcome any grandparents, siblings, etc. who are not in your child’s 1:5 as long as you remain under the max number of 8 people at your table.)

This signature event is an inauguration marking the beginning of the high school experience. The Ignite Ceremony is a valued tradition in the life of Village Christian School, and the presence of your student’s 1:5 Circles of Care adds immense value. Therefore, we ask for your help in the following two ways.

First: Your child has completed the process of choosing his/her Circles of Care in Mr. Schnobrich’s class. They have accomplished this task by adding their mentors into our innovative 1:5 Online System. Now is the perfect opportunity for you to discuss who he/she chose and why. Help them to think through those adults who have a meaningful voice in their life. If you discover that they missed a key individual, have them add this person to their list. Feel free to contact us if you need assistance.

Second: It would be helpful if you could share with these five mentors the importance of their support by attending the ceremony, the writing of a letter, or a video affirmation. Being included in a student’s 1:5 Circles of Care signifies that they have been chosen as one of your son or daughter’s most trusted and valued mentors. (Please note that your student may have less than “five” at this time. This is okay as it can take time to discover quality mentors, and mentors change over time.)

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