School Memo - 2018.01.12
~ School Wide News ~
MLK School-Wide Service Day!
MLK Service Day is only a few days away, and we are looking forward to serving the Austin area together as a school community! Please remember that Austin Oaks Church will be officially closed on Monday in observance of MLK Day and ALL projects this year will be meeting OFF campus. See Sign-Up Genius for start times, project locations, and supplies needed, and be on the lookout for an email reminder for each project.
Families who forgot to sign up, you're in luck! You can still go to Sign-Up Genius and register for any project that is open. Use the tabs at the top of the page to navigate through projects this still need volunteers.
*GS Parents, please remember that all of the GS service projects are family projects. Parents must stay with their children through the completion of the project, and no GS students may be dropped off without parental supervision. What a great way to serve together as a family!
*SL/R parents, if you are dropping off your student to serve, please be respectful of the adults serving and pick up your child on time.
Welcome New Members to the Veritas School Board
In December of 2017, and after much prayer and training, Bill Peckman and Molly Ingram accepted invitations to join the Veritas School Board effective January 1, 2018. We are grateful for their willingness to serve our community in this way and are eager to see how their unique strengths will help our school continue to grow in partnering with families in fulfilling the mission of Veritas Academy.
Forward to a Friend!
We are blown away by all of the participation in this week's "Forward to a Friend" raffle! Thank you to all of our co-teachers, students, faculty, and staff who participated in sharing Veritas with your friends. To kick off our weekly raffel, we have selected THREE winners of a $25 gift card to a local coffee shop (their choice between Mocha, Stouthaus, and Summer Moon)! Winners, be on the look out for an email from our Admissions Team next week.
If you didn't win this week, there is still time! Until our next Informational Meeting on Thursday, February 22, we will make one special "Forward to a Friend" post per week, announcing one winner each week as well. To enter, you can 1) Like our Facebook Page, 2) Invite people to our February Info Meeting (via the Facebook Event), and 3) Share each week's "Forward to a Friend"!
Veritas Academy's Statements on Faith, Life, & Conduct
We believe that families who are considering enrolling their children at Veritas deserve to know exactly what kind of Christian school we are; so it is incumbent upon us to clearly state our core beliefs, values, and principles. If you haven't had a chance to read the school’s Statements on Faith, Life, and Conduct that now have been consolidated into one document after undergoing careful and prayerful review, expansion, and clarification since 2015, please take a few minutes to do so. And if you have any questions after reading the document, we would love to visit with you. Please contact Head of School Jef Fowler, School of Rhetoric Head Troy Schuknecht, and/or Board President Jordan Vimont to schedule a time to meet with a school leader.
Family Ministries Conversation Series
Come and join us next week for our first Good Morning Conversation sponsored by Family Ministries on Wed, Jan 17! Our first chat, Food, Family & Finding Our Way, will address the anxiety and confusion many of our parents and students face surrounding food. With the wide variety of diets, supplements, and (mis)information available online, we are often left wondering how to put the pieces together regarding what to eat and how to lovingly guide our children in this area. Hear from a dietitian, a counselor, and a former Veritas teacher whose experience with orthorexia offers a powerful testimony. Whether you're a GS, SL, or SR parent, this talk will meet you where you are and equip you on your parenting journey. Join us to gain a better understanding of food fads, food anxiety, and Christ's role in healing.
Veritas In Prayer (VIP)
Veritas in Prayer will begin gathering again on Wednesday mornings from 8:15-9:15am in the Prayer Chapel at AOC. As we pray for our school administrators, teachers, families, and students each week, we will also discuss and pray through our weekly Prayer Guide. All parents are invited to attend! Please join us if you can, and email Sherri Peckman if you have a request for prayer.
School Uniforms for 2018-2019 in Light of Parker's Closing
Parker School Uniforms abruptly shut their doors and went out of business last week. Our attempts to speak with a company representative to learn more about unfulfilled orders and current inventory have been unsuccessful. We have already begun evaluating changes that will simplify things for our families. Next week we will be attending a school uniform exhibition for Austin area private schools to learn about options from other local and nationwide vendors, including Lands' End, with whom we already have a relationship. This news has been surprising for all of us, but we believe that it will lead to a simplier experience purchasing school uniforms in the future.
Library Hours for MLK Day
The Veritas Library will be open 12:30-2:30pm on Mon, Jan 15. Stop by after your service project!
The 2016-2017 Veritas Yearbooks are in! Please come to the Main/GS Office at AOC to pick up your copy asap. If you forgot to order a book last year, no worries! We have extra copies available for purchase for $30 each.
~ Grammar School News ~
Kindergarten Spelling Meeting
Kindergarten co-teachers, please join GS Academic Dean Amanda Hurley on Mon, Jan 29, for training on Spell to Write and Read, our spelling program. Come and learn how to implement this curriculum at home and get tips and tricks from other co-teachers before your student comes home with their first spelling list in February. Whether this is your first time teaching spelling, or you are a seasoned pro, this class is for you! Training will take place in the lobby at CLC.
~ Schools of Logic and Rhetoric News ~
SR Cookies & Careers
If you are interested in any type of Medical Profession, don't miss Dr. Brandon Thompson! Dr. Thompson is an Anesthesiologist and partner in US Anesthesia Partners, a large private practice group. Join us to hear about Dr. Thompson's unusual path to medicine and his advice for those interested in medical professions.