VERITAS CLASSICAL ACADEMY 
Taking young minds seriously

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


January 16, 2015
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IMPORTANT
DATES
January 26
Medieval & Renaissance Musical Performance
7-8pm

February 2, 10, 16
Admissions Open House

February 16
Planetarium Visit
7pm - Siblings welcome
COMPOSER OF THE MONTH

Wilhelm Richard Wagner

During these fierce weeks of winter, it seemed appropriate to select a composer whose music is known for its soaring melancholy and intensity. Wagner was a deeply flawed man but his art endures as one of the greatest examples of operatic genius. Sample one of his most famous works below.
Richard Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries (Berliner Philharmoniker, Daniel Barenboim)
Richard Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries (Berliner Philharmoniker, Daniel Barenboim)


CONGRATULATIONS to our
Spelling Bee winners

The 5th and 6th grade class held a spelling bee to determine who would represent our school at the Regional Spelling Bee this year and the results were as follows:

1st Place
Meagan Elliott

2nd Place 
Shawn Powers

3rd Place (tie)
Aidan Nayak, Hunter Rehl

The Regional Spelling Bee will be held on March 13 at the Marietta High School Auditorium. Details will be forthcoming.

Well done students!






LATIN LINGO
Ante Bellum

"Ante bellum" means "before the war." While it may be used to describe any pre-war period, it is more specifically used to described the South during the period of time before the American Civil War.
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Welcome to Veritas Classical Academy! Our mission is to develop the academic potential and personal character of each student through an academically rich educational experience.
 
Sharing the Arts
The Death of Socrates, Jacques-Louis David, 1787

Accused by the Athenian government of denying the gods and corrupting the young through his teachings, Socrates (469-399 B.C.) was offered the choice of renouncing his beliefs or dying by drinking a cup of hemlock. David shows him prepared to die and discoursing on the immortality of the soul with his grief-stricken disciples. 

Painted in 1787, the picture, with its stoic theme, is perhaps David's most perfect Neoclassical statement. The printmaker and publisher John Boydell wrote to Sir Joshua Reynolds that it was "the greatest effort of art since the Sistine Chapel and the stanze of Raphael."
Now Enrolling for 2015-16
Now Enrolling for 2015-16

Admissions Open House

 

Do you know someone who is interested in enrolling at Veritas?Invite them to attend one of our Admissions Open House evenings to learn more about classical education, tour the school, review our curriculum, and ask questions about Veritas.  We will host three sessions.
 
February 2
February 10
February 16
7-8pm
Veritas, 115 Victory Place, Marietta, Ohio

We are accepting applications for 2015-2016. Applications are available on our website.  Current school families do not need to reapply. We will send out enrollment forms later this month.
What is a crumhorn and how do you play it?
 
YOU ARE INVITED

An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance

Music and Instruments

 

January 26, 2015

7-8pm

Free and open to the public


In this hour-long program, Columbus musicians Ron and Janice Cook will introduce the audience to a variety of music from the 12th through 16th centuries. Among the selections will be songs and a story from the Middle Ages, and, from the Renaissance, examples of the French chanson, the English canzonet, the Spanish recercada and the English country dance. 

 

The instruments they will use include medieval and Renaissance harps, bass viola da gamba, rebec, recorders, crumhorns, hurdy-gurdy, and pipe and tabor. 

Happy 309th Birthday to Ben Franklin
American Founder, Inventor, Entrepreneur

January 17th marks Ben Franklin's 309th birthday.  A man of many talents, he is regarded as one of America's most important Founders.  How well do you know Ben?  Take a Franklin quiz here.

Ask your child to share their Franklin Facts sheet with you to learn more about this amazing man.

Mrs. Gale's Kindergarten

O to be in Kindergarten again!  Mrs. Gale's preK/K class and their pals (Ratty, Mole, and Mr. Toad) have been enjoying various adventures from The Wind in the Willows. The novel was written by Kenneth Grahame and first published in 1908. A year later, Mr. Grahame received the following letter from a prominent American:

My mind moves in ruts, as I suppose most minds do, and at first I could not reconcile myself to the change from the ever-delightful Harold and his associates, and so for some time I could not accept the toad, the mole, the water-rat, and the badger as substitutes. But after a while [my wife] and two of the boys, Kermit and Ted, all quite independently, got hold of
The Wind Among the Willows [sic] and took such delight in it that I began to feel that I might have to revise my judgment. Then [she] read it aloud to the younger children, and I listened now and then. Now I have read it and reread it, and have come to accept the characters as old friends; and I am almost more fond of it than your previous books. Indeed, I feel about going to Africa very much as the sea-faring rat did when he almost made the water-rat wish to forsake everything and start wandering!

I felt I must give myself the pleasure of telling you how much we had all enjoyed your book.

The author of this letter was Theodore Roosevelt, then president of the United States. We hope our students are enjoying these tales as much as our 26th president enjoyed them.

In other news, the preK/K class has started a new Science unit on magnifiers and insects. The students have been examining insects, leaves, feathers, and other items with their magnifying glasses. They will now begin studying the body parts of insects, their habitats, diet, etc.

In geography this week, the students will be learning to read and follow a map. The math lessons have been challenging. The students are busy learning addition and subtraction facts, telling time, counting money (pennies and dimes), counting and recognizing numbers, shapes, patterns, etc.  Our artist of the month is Pablo Picasso, and Mrs. Rosenlieb will be teaching us about cubism. Look for our very own cubist works in upcoming newsletters.
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