Open House

Teachers are busy getting ready to showcase the fabulous work your children have been doing this year. We couldn’t be more excited to open our campus to celebrate the learning and creativity that is taking place in our classrooms. We are very proud of our kids!

Spread the good word about YVCS! To RSVP for this event and to invite friends and neighbors, click here.

Look for re-enrollment paperwork at Open House in the School Office. Registration begins on February 1


Merry Christmas

Dear YVCS Families and Friends,
The wonder and majesty of the Christmas season is upon us once again!
So as we move closer to our “day of celebration” please remember that God chose to bring His son into the world not with fanfare but in the humblest of situations. Few were gathered that night in the stable and a life was begun that has made all of our lives so rich and fulfilling. As we celebrate this most special of seasons, be of good cheer for “unto to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)
As we approach the end of this calendar year, we pray that you can look back upon 2014 and thank the Lord for His grace and provision. He has sustained our school through trials and yet, through it all, we are still a wonderful example of how God has blessed YVCS! We want to take this opportunity to thank you all for entrusting us with your children and to provide the option for you to make an “end-of-the-year” donation. Your gift is tax deductible gift would be of great blessing to the school as the Lord moves us forward into 2015.
God bless you all as you prayerfully consider how your donation might further the school’s mission.
We pray your Christmas is wonderfully humble. God bless you all and have a joyous Christmas!
YVCS Leadership Team 2014-15


YVCS School Board

Happy Friday to Everyone!

I want to update all the parents on our progress this school year from the school board perspective. I am reminded of how many things we have to be grateful for this school year as I walk through campus and see all of the happy smiling children our school serves. We had planned our budget around an enrollment of 100 students this year and we are well above that number with 110 students enrolled right now. This means financially we are on solid ground. This is a blessing but we will continue to speak to new families and spread the good word about our mission to create well educated, new disciples.

Another blessing has been our new staff and how well they have fit in. I’m hearing all positive things about Mr. Araujo, Mrs. Utterback, Mrs. Copland, Mrs. Kagawan and Mrs. T. And on another positive note our school band director, Mr. Van Lieu has been busy recruiting home school children to join our existing membership. We have welcomed 7 new band students since the beginning of the school year. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to touch additional children and their families in a positive way and continue to lead and disciple in a Godly fashion.

For those of you who are newer to the school, the school board served in a very administrative fashion last year. We did this by necessity as the school was in a critical financial situation and was operating without a principal. The Teacher leadership team of Mrs. Larsen, Mrs. Kerr, Mrs. Nass and Mrs. Grieb are functioning as the administrative body of our school and doing a wonderful job of it. Your school board is and should be the body that creates and oversees the governing principles of the school. This means the board creates the ideals that our school is built on and follows both on a daily and long term basis. If you have questions about what we do please feel free to ask me or any of the other school board members about our mission statement and vision for the future of our school. Have a blessed day!

Brett Barnes
YVCS School Board Chairman


Leadership Team






We praise God for His many blessings. Our enrollment continues to increase. Thankfully, we are well within budget. Due to generous gifts, beyond budget, we have purchased math, Spanish, and music curriculum, a document camera, laptop, and budgeting software. We appreciate the several iPads donated by Berean Christian High School. We are thankful for the many volunteers that help in our classrooms and other projects. It is a joy to serve with creative, thoughtful, hardworking educators who love the Lord and your children. It is a privilege to serve our children and our families. God is good!

Gwen Larsen
Leadership Team 2014-15



As we finish this fifth week of school we are thankful for the many new students that have joined our school family. The children are enjoying their new friends. Their smiles light up our campus! Teachers new to our school are working like pros, sharing our passion for the children, their education, and the Lord. Their commitment, creativity, and work ethic amazes me!

Our mantra last January continues to be Safety First! Children are never to be unattended, anywhere on campus. Afterschool, parents, be careful and alert in our busy parking lot. Always use the crosswalk. Feel free to enjoy our playground with your children, but keep them under your watchful eye.

Progress Reports will be sent home Monday afternoon. Do not wait until first quarter grades to address issues of concern. We teachers are committed to excellence. Contact us with questions or concerns. We are here to help!

Mrs. Larsen
Leadership Team 2014-15


New BAND Members

Join our Band Director, Mr. VanLiew, at Rockin’ Robbie’s/East Bay Music, Monday, August 18, 1PM for an Instrument Petting Zoo. All band instruments will be available to experiment & play. The children will get a feel for the different instruments and select the one that best suits them. The Instrument Petting Zoo will be set up and available if you visit after the 18th. You may rent or purchase through another venue if you wish.
C & L Music
2395 Monument Blvd, Concord
(925) 686-6122


Ice Cream & Family Games

Wednesday, August 20, 6:30PM
Join us as we welcome new families to our school!


August, 2014

Welcome YVCS families,
Soon we will begin our 42nd year of ministry to Christian families. Through the decades we have seen God’s good hand upon our school and each school family. We are thrilled to partner with you as we educate and inspire these precious children. The teachers and staff are busy preparing beautiful classrooms and robust curriculum. We look forward to the eager faces of our students as we begin this new school year.

We want to give a shout out and warm welcome to our new first grade teacher, Alysse Tanovich. Mrs. Tanovich is a graduate of CSU East Bay and credentialed teacher. She has many years of teaching experience with children off all ages. Mrs. Tanovitz serves as Children’s Ministry Director for her home church, Oak Park Assembly in Pleasant Hill. She and her husband enjoy their son, Jack, who will soon be 5. Mrs. Tanovich loves art, science, technology, and hand-on learning. Our first graders are in very good hands!

Join us Wednesday, August 20, 6:30 PM for our annual Ice Cream Social. We will enjoy a relaxed summer evening as we welcome new teachers and students to our school family. Staff members will be sharing their favorite ice cream flavors. We are planning as few family games as well!

School will begin, Monday, August 25, with the initial bell ringing at 8:20, for an 8:30 start of our school day. Punctuality, every school day, is appreciated. In anticipation of the start of school it would be wise to start adjusting to the school year routine. An earlier bed time may be in order. Well-rested children make for attentive, inquisitive, joyful students.

Know we are her to serve you. Call us with any questions or concerns. We are looking forward to seeing you all very soon!

Gwen Larsen & Leadership Team ‘14


Happy Summer!

Dear YVCS families,

Summer arrived with a blast of heat! As we settle into vacations, stay-cations, and lazy summer days we want to thank you all for your patience and support this past school year. We finished strong, meeting all financial obligations, seeing God’s great blessing and provision for our school.

Last week we enjoyed darling kindergarteners as they were promoted to first grade and then spent the morning giggling and splashing in kiddie pools and slip-n-slides. Oh to be six! The classrooms were buzzing with end-of school year finals, celebrations, pizza, and sweet treats.

Thursday evening we proudly graduated on our 42nd group of eighth graders, well prepared for the rigors of high school. Several of these students were once YVCS preschoolers. How the time has flown! Mrs. Abbot, Mrs. Kerr, and Mr. Johnson, as well as class speakers, Rain Benevent and Zachary Jordan, gave inspiring challenges to our graduates. We trust God’s greatest blessings on our new high-schoolers and we wish them every success.

We are thankful 2014-15 is fully funded by your registrations, books fees, and tuition commitments. We have assembled a talented, eager staff of teachers. New staff is already planning curriculum, field trips, and classroom décor. We are honored to continue this special partnership with our school families. The children are our highest priority!

We were given a generous gift to benefit our middle school. Might any of you wish to help rehab the seventh grade classroom with cabinetry, paint, and blinds? We are looking for a project leader and helpers in this endeavor.

Let us know if we can be of any help this summer. Feel free to contact us with questions or suggestions. Please join the camaraderie on our YVCS Facebook page.
I trust your summer will be restful, refreshing, and fun!

God is good!
Gwen Larsen
With 2014-15 Leadership Team
Carol Grieb, Marj Kerr, and Kristy Nass


Summer Break Hours

Our office will be open from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm daily, Monday-Friday during our summer break for any questions or assistance.