A letter from Valley Catholic Elementary School Principal Dr. Yvonne Ayesiga

Yvonne with ES student and parent

Dear VCES Families,

We hope all our families got through the snow and ice conditions safely. We are thankful to God for the weather returning to the usual Oregon rain. 

A special thank you to the SSMO Foundation for collaborating with VCES during this year’s Grandparents and Special Friends Day. We had an overwhelming turnout of guests who joined us on Thursday, Jan. 25, for our prayer service. I would like to extend a special thank you to all of our staff, students and volunteers for the wonderful job they did in preparing such a beautiful and meaningful celebration of our school. 

Finally, a big thank you to all our parents and families for partnering with us in making such incredible events possible for our students. It was nice to see our students light up when showing their guests around the school, and even more so to see how proud they are to share their classrooms, hallway, cafeteria and friends. Throughout the afternoon, our guests enjoyed dance, song, violin, poem reading, call outs, and essay reading – which showcased the poise and talent of our students. 

A very special highlight from this year’s Grandparents and Special Friends Day was honoring Mr. Eric Holstrom. After 37 years as a teacher, coach and mentor, Mr. Holstrom is retiring from Valley Catholic. We wish Mr. Holstrom the very best in his next adventure, we shall miss him.  Here are a few photos from the student Clap Out that celebrated Mr. Holstrom for his many years of service. It was an emotional send-off.

Eric Running 3
Eric Excited Crowd

Last week our Valley Catholic School campus celebrated Catholic Schools Week, under this year’s theme: United in Faith and Community. The week kicked off with students, staff and families gathering for Eucharistic Adoration in the Motherhouse Chapel. Families were invited to join us during our all campus Mass on Thursday, Feb. 1, and our school hosted a parent breakfast social on Thursday morning to honor school volunteers.

Due to the inclement weather, we missed our first parent night on Thursday, Jan. 18. Please join us at our next parent night on Tuesday, March 12 from 6:45 – 7:45 p.m. Plan to arrive by 6:30, through the main doors. Families will have the opportunity to interact and discuss topics such as extended absences, STAR testing, and report cards. 

We appreciate your continued support and collaboration in the education of our students. 


Dr. Yvonne Ayesiga