VERITAS CLASSICAL ACADEMY 
Taking young minds seriously

P.O. Box 982
115 Victory Place
Marietta, Ohio 45750
(740) 885-2033


December 11, 2014
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IMPORTANT
DATES
December 13
Dickens Dinner

December 16
2pm Caroling at 
nursing home

December 20- January 4
Christmas break
O Tannenbaum, o tannenbaum, how lovely are thy branches.

Tannembaum is the German term for fir tree.






1914 Christmas Truce

At the first light of dawn on Christmas day of 1914, some German soldiers emerged from their trenches and approached the Allied lines across no-man's land calling out "Merry Christmas" in their enemies' native tongues. At first, the Allied troops feared it was a trick, but seeing the German unarmed they climbed out of their trenches and shook hands with the enemy soldiers. The men exchanged presents of cigarettes and plum puddings and sang carols and songs. There is even a documented story of opposing sides playing a good-natured game of soccer.

Christmas Bells
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
(1807-1882)

I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play,    
 And wild and sweet     The words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come, The belfries of all Christendom     
Had rolled along     The unbroken song Of peace on earth, good-will to men! 

Till ringing, singing on its way, The world revolved from night to day,    
A voice, a chime,    
   A chant sublime 
Of peace on earth, good-will to men! 

 Then from each black, accursed mouth The cannon thundered in the South,     
And with the sound     The carols drowned Of peace on earth, good-will to men! 

 It was as if an earthquake rent 
The hearth-stones of a continent,    
 And made forlorn     The households born 
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

 And in despair I bowed my head; "There is no peace on earth," I said;     
"For hate is strong,     And mocks the song Of peace on earth, good-will to men!" 

 Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: "God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;    
 The Wrong shall fail,     The Right prevail, With peace on earth, good-will to men.
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Christmas Goose Sponsors

Harold & Jan Cranston

Stan & Ruth Vanlandingham

 

Special Thanks

Joe Wesel    Passiflora   Event Designs

Ash-Hanson   Little Black Dress Events

Putnam Auto Sales


 

AND THANK YOU TO OUR WONDERFUL 

STUDENTS, PARENTS, and STAFF

Our students have been working very hard in preparation for this Saturday's big event.  They are excited to perform for a sold-out crowd and have truly risen to the challenge of this ambitious production.  Break a leg, students!

 

More Plaster, Please!

Last week the 1st and 2nd grade students made canvases from scratch using plaster of Paris.


Plaster of Paris is a quick-setting gypsum plaster consisting of a fine, white powder which hardens when moistened and allowed to dry.

Plaster was first made about 9000 years ago, and has been used by ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman civilizations. However, it wasn't used on a large scale until the 1700s, when it was required to be used in all construction in Paris. 

In 1666, a fire raged across London, destroying many parts of the city. In its aftermath, the king of France ordered that all walls made of wood in Paris be immediately covered with plaster, as a protection against such fires. This resulted in large-scale mining of gypsum which was available around Paris in large quantities. Thus, during the early 18th century, Paris became the center of plaster production, and hence the name, plaster of Paris. 

Once the plaster was set, the students painted Minoan frescoes on them. Frescoes are the source of the most striking imagery handed down to us from the Minoan civilization of Bronze Age Crete (2000-1500 BC). The Minoans were one of the earliest cultures to paint natural landscapes without humans in the scene such was their admiration for nature.


Here are a few of our Minoan frescoes. 

Who Was Good King Wenceslaus?

The lyrics to this seasonal tune were written by J. M. Neale (1818-66) whose  adaptation of O Come, O Come Emanuel has also endured through the ages.

 

Wenceslaus was a 10th century Duke of Bohemia, also known as Vaclav the Good.  He was letter conferred the title of king by the Holy Roman Emperor Otto I.  King Wenceslaus was revered as a kind and generous ruler.  He was martyred after being assassinated by his wicked brother, Boleslaus the Cruel. 

 

Neale put music to a legend regarding the king giving alms to the poor on the Feast of St. Stephen (December 26).  Although the song does not refer to a Christmas event since it takes place the day after Christmas, it is still considered a Christmas carol.

Good King Wenceslas
Good King Wenceslas

 

 

Accepting Transfers and New Applicants for 2015-2016 

Veritas is accepting transfer students. Tuition for transfer students will be pro-rated.  Please call the office for more information.

We are accepting applications for 2015-2016. Applications are available on our website.

We are not yet accepting applications for 2016-2017, but we encourage you to come for a tour of the school this year in preparation for applying in the fall of 2015.

Thank you again for your interest in our school.  Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule a private meeting.
 
Sincerely,
Kevin & Khadine Ritter (740) 629-7467
Austin & Wendy Rehl (740) 710-9045
Naresh & Melissa Nayak (740) 516-1784