" Memory ! You have the key..."   
 - T.S. Eliot, "Rhapsody on a Windy Night"
This week, we feature a passionate op-ed on a hot-button issue: memorizing poetry. The author explores the wide-ranging effects of having poems stored in the memory, and she makes a strong case that learning poems can give students "better words to make sense of themselves and their world." This way, students can find their "kindred spirits across the centuries." 
At Veritas, memorizing poetry is part of every student's experience each year. Sixth-grade students ask with Shakespeare, "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" Seniors memorize the lines of classic poetic drama, from Shakespeare to Aeschylus. We memorize poems in the choral music our classes sing, as they ask, "Tell me, where is fancy bred," and revisit the Salley Gardens with the poet William Butler Yeats.  
We invite you to enjoy the article linked below--and then find the nearest poetry collection for yourself (or ask your children, who can give you some great references)
Note: the article above is linked to an external website. By linking to this article, Veritas Prep in no way endorses other content or opinions expressed in this journal or website.   
Academy Announcements
Veritas Expansion Survey: Open until Nov. 17
If you have not already had a chance to read the letter from Mr. Dean and Dr. Jeffries about the planned expansion at Archway Veritas, please click here .

To complete the Veritas expansion survey, click here.
Sophomores and Juniors: Poetry Contest!
This month, sophomores and juniors have an opportunity to share the poems they have written and win recognition--and publication--from the prestigious Kenyon Review's Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers. 

Submissions due by November 30!
Parents: Read Poetry with Mr. Winebrenner!
On the evening of Thursday, November 16, 7:00 PM, Mr. Winebrenner will be discussing select poems by John Keats. Click here for info and registration!
Coffee with the Headmaster: Project Week, End-of-Semester

Join Mr. Dean on Friday, November 17, at 7:40am in the Library, as he talks about the new Symposium Day and other end-of-semester topics. RSVP at the link below if you can make it!.

After-School Math Practice

Starting Monday, November 6, we will be offering students an opportunity to reinforce and improve their understanding of math fundamentals through independent online work on the Khan Academy website, using the school's laptops, under the supervision of Mr. Blake Myers. This supplementation will help your child to fill in gaps that may be present in their math background on concepts that otherwise won't be covered in their regular classroom.

Project #: 824821
Upload Code: Falcons
Upcoming Dates
Click here for the full calendar of academic and social events.

Friday, November 3
Athletic Field Day
No regularly scheduled classes; attendance required. Click here for information and permission form.

Friday, November 10
No School: Veterans' Day

Thursday, November 16, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Parent Seminar with Mr. Winebrenner - see above for details.
Angulus Discipulorum:  
Students' Corner
Juniors and Seniors: Trojan War Documentary

We love to recognize the good work our students do in the classroom and beyond. In future issues we will be featuring
  • Student poems
  • Student artwork
  • Short essays
  • Honors and recognitions
Teachers will be referring student poetry and artwork. If you would like to offer a submission, please send us a note here.  
College Counseling
College Visit Season 
College Visits are in full swing at Veritas Prep! A weekly schedule of all Veritas visits will be posted on the College Counseling bulletin board, the Senior Commons bulletin board and at the Front Desk. Sophomore- through Senior-class students should sign up in Naviance for visits they are interested in. Instruction on how to do so are listed HERE. 
Athletics Registration and Eligibility Checklist
All items are hyperlinked for convenience: 
  1.  Veritas Fall Athletic Form 2017/2018(MS/HS)
  2. AIA Annual Physical 2017/2018 (MS/HS) (BOTH part A AND part B), 1 time per year
  3. AIA Brainbook Course (HS), 1 time per HS Athletic Career
  4. Consent to Treat (MS/HS), 1 Time Per Year
  5. Athletic Fee (click here for MS/HS), 1 Time Per Sport
Fees :  MS - $240;  HS - $285; Employee Fee - $150
If you are able to check off all the items listed above, your child is eligible to play this fall. Completion/verification of all items should be copied, printed and turned in to the Athletic Office.
November 18
9:00am start
Canal at 56th Street and Indian School
Would you like to commemorate your family? Sign up for a Silver Sponsorship and get your name on the race shirt! Click HERE for more information or contact Sarah Marbach at smarbach@veritasprepacademy.org.
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