Veritas Christian Academy
The Voice of Veritas Newsletter
December 14, 2020
UPCOMING EVENTS

December 15-18: Rhetoric School Exams
December 18: FESTIVE CHRISTMAS DRESS DAY/Early Dismissal

December 21-January 1: Christmas Break

January 4: Classes Resume
January 13: VCA House Color Day
January 14: Early Dismissal Day
January 15: Teacher Work Day - NO CLASSES
January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - NO SCHOOL
January 25: Declamation Finals
January 28: Warrior T-Shirt Day

***To reference past newsletters, please refer to the Communications tab on our website.***
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ANNOUNCEMENTS BEFORE OUR HOLIDAY BREAK

1) Friday will be a Festive Christmas Dress Day! Have fun decking out in your favorite Holiday wear!

2) Offices and school would be closed beginning 12:00 p.m. on Friday. Have a safe and blessed Christmas and New Year!

3) WARRIOR CAFE will not be open for service this week due to preparation for the Holiday Market pick up orders. (Please remember to pick up on your designated day if you did pre-order items!)
FROM THE NURSE'S CORNER

Our increased measures on mask-wearing (executive order 180) by Governor, Roy Cooper on November 25, was originally proposed to be in effect through Friday, December 11.  On December 8, an additional mandate (Executive order 181) extended our mask (face covering) mandate through January 8, 2021.  Here are the highlights for us to continue that is mandated for both public and private schools.
 
1) Anyone inside the building age five and older is to wear a face-covering at all times unless they are 1) eating/drinking 2) alone in their office, classroom or cubicle assigned area 3) mask exempt
  • Face coverings will be worn outside if you cannot distance consistently. Students should understand that while outside, they may choose to remove their face covering but socializing will need to be at a distance. If they choose to be close to their friends, face coverings need to be worn.
  • Athletes, coaches, spectators and referees will be required to use face coverings during practice and during games while indoors and outdoors (if unable to distance outdoors).
  • At any time an individual develops shortness of breath or difficulty breathing while wearing a face covering, they are encouraged to remove their face covering immediately and regardless.

2) Blessings during our Christmas break! Here is an optional link from NCDHHS with tips on navigating a healthy season:  NCDHHS Holidays NCDHHS-K-12-Holiday-Packet.pdf

3) As you return back to school on January 4, 2021 please refer to our Symptom Decision Tree for symptom guidance.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please reach out to the school nurse for direction: mwack@veritasnc.org
INCLEMENT WEATHER
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Dear Veritas Community,

We thought it might be a helpful reminder that you can find VCA's Inclement Weather Policy on the Veritas website, under the Communications Tab>Quicklinks for Parents page.

Please refer to this document for any questions regarding school delays and closings.

A CHRISTMAS BLESSING
Mr. Argento's classes have been working on a special presentation for you! We hope you enjoy this beautiful performance of "The Bells of Christmas!"

RHETORIC SCHOOL HOUSE CHALLENGE FUN

The Houses had some fun creating choreography to a Christmas melody! They had one hour to work together and then perform in front of the Logic School students and a panel of judges.

Homer House won the challenge and all had great fun!
THE ACT OF GRACE CAMPAIGN

    We have now raised $489,935.18 -- thanks to our Lord and the generous spirits of the Veritas Community.

Please continue to pray for The Act of Grace!

*Consider purchasing a brick in honor of, or in memory of your loved ones this Christmas!


EDUCATIONAL RENAISSANCE FEATURES VCA BIBLICAL STUDIES PROGRAM

"Enjoying the Bible as Literature: 5 Strategies for Engaging Students in Reading the Canon," an article written by Heidi Dean (Veritas Bible Teacher) was shared on the Educational Renaissance website, highlighting Veritas's Biblical Studies approach.

"In biblical studies we seek to cultivate the habits of reverence, humility, submission to the text, and other qualities of faithful scholarship. But I propose another goal should rise to the top: enjoyment. The enjoyment that students have in reading a novel, or an eerie poem, or an adventure epic. When students are engaging with the Bible, we should hear laughter and gasps. We should see quizzical eyebrows and wide-eyed shock..."
LAST CALL FOR PTF LOVE OFFERING

Please click here to learn more or to give toward the PTF Love Offering online. The deadline for giving is by the end of the day on Wednesday, December 16th.

We wish you a blessed Holiday Season! Thank you for your love and care for VCA's Faculty & Staff.

-The PTF Leadership Team
FROM MRS. BULLOCK'S COLLEGE CORNER

CONGRATULATIONS TO...

Addy Coe on her acceptance to Warren Wilson College

Josh Madison on his acceptance to Western Carolina University

Hope Sneller on her acceptance to North Greenville University 

Grace Prechter on her acceptance to Appalachian State University

Julian Suarez-Robles on his acceptance to Appalachian State University

WE ARE PROUD OF YOU, CLASS OF 2021!
The SAT/ACT Test Prep Class is still open! If you are planning on signing up, please send your money in before Christmas break. Email cbullock@veritasnc.org with any questions.
WARRIOR ATHLETICS NEWS

CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Veritas Warrior Cross Country teams finished out their seasons with the conference championships on Saturday. The girls team won the conference championship and swept All-Conference honors! The times posted by the conference award winners were Hannah Stage (22:07), Aleigha Guice (22:52), Emma Stover (23:12), Rogers Pender (24:01), and Savannah Kennedy (24:44). Hannah Stage also took home Conference Runner of the Year! On the boys side, Henry LeBlanc (19:29) and Welles Pender (19:59) finished in third and fifth place, respectively. Those times earned All-Conference accolades for both Henry and Welles.

Congratulations to both teams on a fantastic season, and thank you to Adam and Sherry Guice for coaching the teams!

VOLLEYBALL 
The JV volleyball team defeated Christian Family Academy in straight sets on Tuesday evening to improve to 5-1. The Varsity team also defeated Christian Family Academy in a hard fought 4 set match. That win improved the Varsity record to 6-1. Both teams are scheduled to be in action this Thursday at Lake Lure Classical Academy.

SOCCER
The Boys soccer team had a great week posting 3 wins. They defeated Challenger Early College High School 8-0 on Monday, Christian Family Academy 1-0 on Tuesday, and CECHS 4-1 again on Friday. The wins improved the soccer team’s record to 5-0-1. They conclude their regular season on Thursday, at Lake Lure Classical Academy. We will be hosting the conference soccer tournament at Veritas this Saturday. Matches are scheduled to begin at 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, and 2:30 PM.

BASKETBALL
We will be having an open gym again this Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00-8:00 PM for any Logic or Rhetoric school students that want to play basketball.