Q: When will the Vacation Bible School (VBS) be held?
A: The week of June 7th, 2010. The program meets daily from 9 AM to 12 PM, Monday through Friday, at St. Francis Church. There is a closing ceremony that parents are encouraged to attend starting at 11:30AM on the last day of VBS, Friday, June 15th, 2010.
Q: Is there an enrollment limit?
A: Yes. To ensure that each child has plenty of attention and the ability to fully participate, we limit our enrollment to 30 children (5 groups of 6). Enrollment is on a first-come, first-enrolled basis.
Q: What are the ages for participation?
A: The program is designed for ages 5 to 10 (2010-11 school year: Kindergarten to 4th or 5th grade), but if a child is just shy of 5 or just turned 11, they are still welcome to register.
Older students are encouraged to volunteer as camp counselors.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Each child's registration costs $10 if you register by May 24th, 2010. Registering after that date will cost $15 per child.
Q: How do I register my child for VBS?
A: Registration forms are available at the church office (hours are 9am-Noon M-F) or you can click here to Download Registration form VBS 2010. Fill out the form and return it with your registration fee to Betty Cosio-Avalos at the church office. If you register before May 24th, we can plan our supplies better and the registration fee costs less. If you miss that deadline, you can still register for $15 but do so before June 4th so your child can participate immediately on June 7th.
Q: Where is the church located?
A: St. Francis Episcopal Church is located at 250 Kane Creek Blvd. Click here for a map.
Q: If some unexpected event occurs and my child is unable to attend, will my registration be refunded?
A. Yes. Please notify the church office as soon as you can.
Q: Does my child have to attend all 5 days?
A:We think your child will benefit most (through developing friendships, understand the curriculum, etc.) by attending all 5 days. We also understand that circumstances arise and missing part of the program may be unavoidable. The registration fee cannot be prorated for time spent at VBS.
Q: What kinds of things will my child be learning?
A: The program is divided into five stations that your child will visit each day, including music, crafts, recreation, science projects and a snack time. The purpose of the week is to reinforce positive values such as respecting others, helping those less fortunate, trusting in God, and being environmentally aware. These attributes are often illuminated by stories from the Bible. The purpose of VBS is not to "preach" a particular dogma. Children from all faith traditions/churches are welcome to attend.
Q: My child had food allergies. Is there special alternative snacks that can be used?
A: Please notify our staff of your child's food allergies on your registration from and at the initial drop-off on June 7th. We will try to have alternative snack options for your child. In extreme allergic cases, we may ask that you provide a suitable snack for your child.
Q: May my child carry a cell-phone during VBS?
A: Cell phones may be carried, but non-emergency use of the phone is prohibited. This is to ensure that the cell phone does not interfere with your child's enjoyment of the program or become a distraction to other participants. If you need to speak to your child during program hours, please contact the Vacation Bible School director, Deirdre Keating, at 220-1118, and she will get you in touch with your child.