Self-reflection and Growth: Looking Ahead
With the end of the semester comes a time for students and their support team of teachers and parents to take stock of how far they have come.  
 
The first step in this process are the last assessments of the semester. If you have not reviewed the format and schedule for semester exams this year, you can find it linked here
 
By now, all students will have talked with their teachers about the Student Growth Plan they will complete in preparing for semester conferences this coming January. (If you have not read Mr. Dean's note about this essential checkpoint in each student's growth as a lifelong learner, please click here.)   
 
Every family should have received a personal conference invitation for each student in the family (for families with two email contacts, there will be a second invitation). Conference times are first come, first served, so sign up as soon as you can. The deadline for conference signups is December 14. 
For full information about semester conferences, click here.
 
To kick off the new semester as a true community of learners, all students and teachers will be reading one great work of literature together, and then joining in mixed groups for discussion and workshops. This January, project week at VPA now focuses on preparing for Symposium Day, on January 8, with a reading of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Information is linked here.
School Announcements
Outerwear Dress Code

As the weather finally gets cooler, here is a convenient reminder about our school's outerwear dress code:
  • All outerwear must be clean and free of tears.
  • A solid navy ¾-zip pullover (with Academy logo), solid navy sweater, or solid navy sweater-vest may be worn in the classroom and must be purchased from Dennis or Anton Uniform for the sake of consistency.
  • High school students may wear blazers of the type sold at Dennis Uniform. If wearing a blazer, students may wear a red tie.
  • Academy-issued athletic letter jackets or sweaters may also be worn in the classroom.
  • Jackets, sweaters, and non-Academy sweatshirts may be worn for warmth outdoors during lunch but must be free of prominent logos and advertisements. These garments may not be worn into or brought into the classrooms; they must be stored in lockers during and between classes, other than during the lunch period.
  • A uniform shirt (as specified under "Shirts") must be worn under the sweater or pullover and must be tucked in, and a belt must still be worn (where applicable). Violation of either of the above rules may result in revocation of the student's permission to wear the sweater or pullover for that year.
A Look at the Calendar...
Middle-School Spelling Bee
Thursday, November 30, at 3:00 PM in the Lund Center. Parents and siblings encouraged to come and cheer on our students!   

Senior Drama Performances:
"An Ideal Husband" 11/29 at 7PM: Click here for tickets.  
"The Playboy of the Western World" 12/9 at 5PM: Click here for tickets.  
 
Winter Concerts:  
All concerts take place in the Lund Center. Student performers will receive info from their teachers/choir directors. See special note below for HS choirs. 
MS Recorder Concert: Tuesday, 12/5 at 7PM 
MS Choir Concert: Thursday, 12/7 at 5PM 
HS Choir Concert:  Thursday, 12/7 at 7PM  
Click here for the full calendar of academic and social events.
Winter Falcon Spirit Day, December 1
On Friday, December 1st, students may wear Veritas spirit wear shirts with their school uniform. (Please refer to the dress code below.) There will be a breakfast before school in the courtyard generously hosted by the VPSO. There will also be an assembly at the end of the school day to honor the winter athletes. Due to the assembly schedule (linked here), there will be no Lyceum that day, and lunch times will change.
 
Spirit wear shirts must be white, black, blue, or grey only (5K shirts and House Shirts are permitted as well). Shirts must be tucked in and other uniform rules apply. Game day jerseys are reserved for game use; please do not wear today.
 
See Mrs. Bruns with any questions.
Angulus Discipulorum:  
Students' Corner

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.  
Development
Tax Credit Information
It's Tax Credit time! Please support Veritas Prep's extra-curricular programs such as Art Club, Robotics Club, Coffee and Canvas, athletics, and more, through your dollar for dollar Tax Credit! It is a WIN for both you and Veritas Prep!

Each Friday beginning November 24th through December 15th we will hold a drawing for an Amazon Gift Card to families who get the most Tax Credits! Make your contribution HERE!

Questions? Please contact Sarah Marbach at 602-396-0276 or smarbach@veritasprepacademy.org.
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