News and Events

SSMO Foundation Speaker Series Announced for 2014-2015

The SSMO Foundation Speakers Series is our gift back to the community that supports our campus. These free, informative discussions complement the SSMO Bethany Center Speaker Series and provide our community with timely educational information from trusted sources.

All of the talks are offered, free of charge. Please note the locations below.

We look forward to welcoming you.

2014-15 SSMO Foundation Speakers Series

Social Media and Internet Safety:  Keeping Kids Safe Online at All Ages
Presented by SRO Dan Cotton, Beaverton Police Department
Thursday, October 16, 2014
7 p.m.
Valley Catholic Elementary School Cafeteria
4420 SW St. Mary’s Drive
Beaverton, OR 97078 

Estate Planning 101
Presented by Michelle Garcia, Principal, Northwest Investment Counselors, LLC
Wednesday, March 11 2015
7 p.m.
VCES Cafeteria
4420 SW St. Mary’s Drive
Beaverton, OR 97078

Pain Management
Presented by Terri Fagan, Consonus Health
Thursday, April 16, 2015
7 p.m.
Maryville’s Shalom Center
14645 SW Farmington Road
Beaverton, OR 97007


Wish List 2014

Are you able to help supply any of the following “wish list” items?  

  • Vacation home getaways

  • $100 gift certificates for fine dining experiences

  • Wine for the wall of wine (minimum $25.00 retail value please)

  • Tickets to sporting events (Timbers, Thorns, Trailblazers, Hops)

  • Access to local festivities

  • Spa packages

  • Travel packages

  • Unique, one-of-a-kind experiences

Share your skills!  The Gala office is also looking for talented volunteers to help with Adobe InDesign software and video production services.  Please contact if you or someone you know is able to help with either skill set.  Thank you!


Class-sponsored High School Vacation Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the Sophomore class for receiving the highest participation rate in the HS class trip contest and winning the Krispy Kreme party! Now time to plan the exciting trips! Stay tuned!


Class Portrait Showcase

Smiling faces now lining the elementary school halls!

Earlier this week, classroom portraits were put on display for families to preview and enjoy during conferences. These class portraits will be available for viewing in the elementary school through March, with opportunities to order coming soon! Thank you to Lois O’Halloran Photography for capturing the joy and spirit of our students in these beautiful images.


Class Basket Showcase!

Mrs. Heger’s 5th grade class

The students from Mrs. Heger’s 5th grade class invite you to channel your inner Julia Child with their class basket creation:  Gourmet Top Chef. Filled with unique gadgets and goodies, the basket is perfect for the home chef looking to take his or her cooking to the next level. Try your hand at gourmet cooking techniques using a pestle and mortar, gourmet spices and oils, and many other specialty kitchen tools. Bon Appétit!


Item Spotlight!

Burgers & Brew sign-up party!

Back by popular demand! Come on out to beautiful, rural Washington County and enjoy this casual evening of tasty burgers and sudsy brew with a wonderful mix of Valley Catholic families!

This September event date to be announced soon! Priceless!


Procurement Contest begins Monday, January 27th

Don’t miss out on these FUN contests that could win you a reserved parking space or your class a tasty treat!  We’re looking for 100% participation!


Gala Procurement Contest!  Open to all!


We’re giving away two spots this year! 

Donate an item to the Gala (retail value equal to or greater than $100) and your family name will be entered into a drawing for a reserved parking space in the school parking lot!

Parking space is available March 3-June 30, 2014. Contest ends February 28, 2014. Limit (5) entries per family. Two lucky winners will be chosen!



Class-Sponsored High School Vacation Packages!

Attention High School Parents and Students

Please help us build Class-Sponsored Vacation Packages to bid on at the VCS Gala on April 26, 2014.

Suggested Donation: $25 or more per student ($100.00 would enter your family into the procurement contest)

It is a tradition that we ask each high school class to donate a trip to support the Gala. We ask each high school family to contribute to help cover the cost of these vacation packages.

  •  Each class will receive spirit points for donations received January 27-29 a 4:00 p.m.
  •  The class with the highest participation will receive a tasty treat! 

High School Class-Sponsored Vacation Packages FAQ

What is a Class-Sponsored Trip?
Every year at the annual Valley Catholic School Gala, each high school class donates a vacation package to be auctioned off during the Live Auction portion of the Gala. We appeal to each family to contribute to the cost of a class-sponsored vacation package.

How are the vacation packages chosen?
At a recent class meeting, each class (Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors) brainstormed ideas for an ideal vacation package they would like to donate to the Gala. Each class then raises money to cover the cost of their dream trip. If a class succeeds in raising the funds they need,  they get to plan their perfect package. If they fall short, they revise their trip plans.

What are Spirit Points?
During Catholic Schools Week (aka Spirit Week: January 27-31), each class will receive spirit points based on a variety of events and activities, including procuring donations for the class-sponsored trips. Points will be awarded based on participation. The class with the highest participation rate will receive 500 points. The class with the next highest participation rate will receive 400 points,    then 300 points. The class with the lowest participation rate will receive 200 spirit points. Class trip donations received Monday—Wednesday by 4 pm of Spirit Week will qualify for spirit points.

How much should I donate?
We respectfully request a minimum donation of $25 per high school student. The donation is considered a family donation, so each child will receive credit for spirit points during Spirit Week, regardless of the amount. However, for families with more than one student, we highly encourage a donation of $25 per student so that each class succeeds in creating the special trip that they have chosen for the Gala.



Class Baskets! K-5

Each classroom is responsible for procuring a theme-based class basket. These baskets are collections of items and/or gift certificates donated by parents in grades
K – 5. Each basket has a theme which is presented in an attractive display. The values of the baskets vary and they are auctioned off in the Gala’s silent auction. Please contact your room parent for more information on your class basket.



Each grade level creates a project as part of the school’s Gala. These one-of-a-kind, collaborative pieces of art involve every student and will be auctioned at the VCS Gala, Saturday, April 26, 2014. Please contact your class project coordinator for more information on how you can get involved.


SSMO Ministries Welcomes Back Class of ’97 Alumna

Jennifer Gordon '97

We are pleased to announce that Jennifer Gordon ’97 has joined the SSMO Ministries Corporation as Accounts Payable Manager.

After receiving her Associate’s Degree at Portland Community College, Jennifer worked as a Junior Accountant for a publishing company in Woodland Hills, California. She then returned to Oregon three years later and continued working in the accounting field. Jennifer is an avid Oregon Ducks fan, but she enjoys watching any college football game.  She also loves baking, watching movies and live performances, going out to dinner and spending time with family and friends. Jennifer is ecstatic to return to the Valley Catholic campus working for SSMO as an accounts payable specialist, because “it’s like returning home.”

Please give Jennifer a warm welcome when you see her around campus!


A Valley Catholic alum is our new Alumni Relations Manager

Meghan Blood '09

Meghan Blood is the new Alumni Relations Manager in the SSMO Foundation.

Meghan knows the campus well.  She is a 2009 Valley Catholic alumna.  She has also supported the campus as a temporary receptionist in the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Motherhouse.

After graduating from Valley, Meghan accepted a scholarship at Santa Clara University where she was part of their cross country team and track team.  She completed her education at the University of Portland, graduating in May 2013 with a degree in communications studies.

Meghan is a running enthusiast, often running in Forest Park.  She has shared her love for running with the Valley Catholic track team, serving as part of the coaching staff for the 2013 season.

She loves writing, watching “30 Rock” and vacationing in Montana with her family.


Introducing the 2014 VCS Gala Co-chairs!

Plan on joining us!

Valley Catholic School Gala

April 26, 2014

Gala Co-chairs Mac and Cheri McDevitt

Parents of Nick ’11 and Bailey ’15

We are excited to begin preparations for this year’s Annual Gala and would love to have you participate. This all-school springtime celebration is a wonderful opportunity to support your child’s school. As active members of our school community, we recognize the importance of supporting the remarkable work done here at Valley Catholic, including developing students into scholars, athletes and leaders.

The VCS Gala’s success hinges on the help of parents, students, staff and community partners. The Gala is one of two critical campus fundraisers and requires many volunteers to help with the planning and execution of the evening. We have several volunteer opportunities available on the Gala Committee. We encourage you to get involved. Please contact Lisa Meltebeke at or at 503.718.6486


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