Letter from the President

Dear Valley Catholic School Community,

The 2018-19 school year is off to a fantastic start and life on campus is back in full swing.  As we turn the calendar page, October promises to be another busy month. Over the next few weeks: the high school is looking forward to student retreats and homecoming, elementary school students are anxiously anticipating their upcoming Jog-a-thon and Halloween Carnival and the Early Learning School is planning their annual Halloween costume parade around campus. On October 26, the entire community will come together to enjoy opening night of the high school’s fall theater production “May the Farce Be with You.”

The Valley Catholic School Board recently joined with the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon’s Boards and Council leadership to begin reviewing and reinvigorating their strategic plans. At our recent School Board meeting, directors shared what they value most in a Valley Catholic education, as well as the areas they see for growth. In particular, they recognize and value that Valley Catholic students become compassionate leaders who embrace the Sisters’ core values, that students are challenged at a very high academic level, have opportunities to pursue their interests and participate in activities at all levels. In looking at the world around us, campus leaders recognize that population growth and changing societal values offer tremendous opportunities and potential challenges in the years ahead.  The strategic planning process will help us ensure that the rich Valley Catholic educational experience will remain vibrant for future generations.

On Sunday, October 14, at 1 p.m., VCHS will open its doors for our annual High School Open House. Over the past few weeks, Admissions Director Kayla Gaspardis and VCHS student ambassadors have visited Catholic middle school students across our area to share their experiences at VCHS and promote the many opportunities available here on our campus.  If you have friends or neighbors who will be looking at high schools in the next year or two, please share your own experiences at Valley Catholic with them and encourage them to attend.  Your family’s experience and the outstanding qualities they recognize in your children embody our high school’s motto: Excellence in Everything; Opportunity for Everyone.

I urge you to participate and attend as many of the upcoming events as you can and I look forward to seeing you there.


John Matcovich
Valley Catholic School

Letters from Our Principals

Upcoming Events and Important Reminders

Valley Catholic High School Open House
Sunday, Oct. 14 | 1-4 p.m. | Welcoming session at 1:45 p.m.
We hope you'll share your experiences with friends and neighbors and encourage them to learn more about us at our 2018 Valley Catholic High School Open House.

Good Coffee + Good Morning = Good Day
Good things will be brewing at Valley Catholic School October 17 – 19. The SSMO Foundation team will be serving complimentary cups of fresh brewed coffee in front of the K-8 building on Wednesday, October 17 and Thursday, October 18 from 7:15 – 8 a.m. On Friday, October 19, the team will hand out coffee and hot chocolate in the VCHS athletic facilities parking lot from 7:45 – 9 a.m. Coffee at the Curb kicks off the 2018-2019 Annual Fund campaign. Gifts to the Annual Fund make good things happen at Valley Catholic!

May the Farce Be With You
In our Valley Catholic production, David Rogers wacky comedy about a convention of superheroes being infiltrated by the evil alien Star Raider as he tries to take over the world. "May the Farce Be With You" opens in Kelly Auditorium on Friday, Oct. 26, and will run for two weekends. Curtain time is 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights and 2 p.m. for Sunday matinees. 

October 9 |   VCMS: Parent CPR and AED Training
October 10 | No School: Parent Teacher Conferences
October 10 | VCHS: PLAN Test - sophomores, PSAT – juniors
October 11 | No School: Parent Teacher Conferences
October 12 | No School
October 12 | VCELS Closed
October 12 | Chili Cook-Off
October 14 | VCHS Open House
October 17 | Parent Education Night
October 18 | Dedication and Blessing of the Marian Garden.
RSVP here.
October 22 | SCRIP Orders Due
October 24 | VCELS: Kindergarten Info Night

Scrip Program - Orders Due by 3:00 p.m. on October 22

Many of you may not know that a terrific fundraising program called Scrip is available at Valley Catholic School. You can raise money without buying unwanted items, without selling door-to-door, and with no extra cost to you. Supporting VCS has never been easier!

How It Works
Scrip refers to gift certificates or gift cards. Our school is able to purchase gift cards from hundreds of retailers nationwide at a discount, which you can then buy at face value. The difference is our profit. These are the same gift cards that you would purchase if you went to the retailer directly. By purchasing these gift cards before you shop for your everyday items - like groceries, gas, clothes, restaurants – we raise money, without you having to spend a penny extra. It’s just that simple. 
How To Participate
The Scrip team is now accepting orders. This month orders can be submitted until Monday, October 22 at 3 p.m. Scrip orders will be delivered to your child by Friday, October 26. Deliveries will be made to all three school buildings; please include the delivery information on the order form. Scrip order forms can be found here in the parent’s guide or in each school office. Drop your completed forms, including payment, at the VCEMS office or email your order to

A tradition at Valley Catholic, the Chili Cook-off takes place on Senior Night: the last home football game of the season. This year, the cook-off will take place as the Valiants welcome Tillamook on Friday, Oct. 12. Register your chili now and make plans to join us at the 2018 cook-off. Simply email your name, contact information and the name of your chili to Valley Catholic Middle School Vice Principal Dale French by Tuesday, Oct. 9

Bonus Features:

The Seventh Annual Whole in One Golf Tournament Brings The SSMO Campus and Community Together

The 2018 Whole in One Golf Tournament, presented by the SSMO Foundation, took place last Wednesday, Sept. 19 on a sunny and fun-filled afternoon at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club. This year, 120 friends, vendors, parents, faculty and associates of Valley Catholic School, Maryville and the Sisters all came together to celebrate the great work that takes place on our campus.

Consider joining us next year. You’ll have a great time!

Bonus Features: Photo Album | Video


The 2017-2018 SSMO Foundation Annual Report

This celebratory milestone belongs to you! On behalf of the Sister of St. Mary of Oregon, Maryville, and Valley Catholic School it is an honor to present the SSMO Foundation 2017-18 Annual Report. It is with tremendous gratitude that the SSMO Foundation celebrates 20 years of community impact, thanks to you, our donors.

Please follow the SSMO Foundation on Facebook.

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