Upcoming Events
Spirit Week and Homecoming This Week!
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FRIDAY NIGHT HOMECOMING EVENTS
 
TAILGATE RENTAL SPACES - LAST CHANCE!
Deadline to rent a tailgate parking space for Friday's football game is:
THURSDAY, OCT. 25th at 12:00PM.  CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE
 
TAILGATE PARTY/PREGAME PROGRAM.  5:00pm on the grassy island.  Food trucks, music, crafts, facepainting. Come early and enjoy the party! 6:30pm - Pregame program includes Football Senior Night then the VPA choir performance of the National Anthem.
 
ATHLETIC GATE FEES. The Athletic Dept. will be collecting the following gate fees on Friday: $5 adults, $2 students, 4 and under Free.
 
VARSITY FOOTBALL GAME. 7:00pm against North Pointe Prep. Bring your chairs and picnic blankets! Parking and seating will be limited as we are expecting a large crowd. Get there early to avoid the lines.
 
HALFTIME PARADE OF ATHLETES.  Around 8:00pm. ALL MS/HS Fall Athletes are invited to participate in the Annual Parade of Athletes. Listen for game announcements of the meeting location - please tell your athletes to find their team and gather together.
 
 
Questions about the Tailgate and Halftime activities can be directed to parent chairpersons  Bridget Peacock and  Julie Pitcl.

Homecoming Volunteers Desperately Needed!
Homecoming is the largest set of activities and events the VPSO puts on each year.  MANY VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to continue this VPSO tradition and make it a success.  All different days and times are available.  SHIFTS ARE SHORT - Step up and take shift or two!
 
STUDENT/PARENT FACEPAINTERS NEEDED!  Facepainters are needed for the Tailgate Party. No experience necessary but you must signup to participate.
 
November 1: Visiting Professor on Why Great Books Matter

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Joseph Wysocki, the Director of the Honors College at Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina, will be visiting Veritas Prep early November. He will give a lecture on the importance of reading Great Books for our society, and all parents and students of the Great Hearts community are invited. Not only is this a great opportunity for students who are considering Belmont Abbey College upon graduation from Great Hearts Academies, Dr. Wysocki can provide an excellent introduction to the merits of attending any honors college!

Date:      November 1st
Time:     6:30pm-8:00pm
Place:     Library of Veritas Preparatory Academy
                3102 N 56th St #100, Phoenix, AZ 85018
Parking just off 56th Street. Entry through front lobby.
Athletic Field Day is November 2: PERMISSION NEEDED

On Athletic Field Day, students participate in mainly outdoor activities on the school, and at times at the neighboring Arcadia Park. Volleyball, soccer, flag football, kickball, capture-the-flag, tug-of-war, and other games have been played in the past. These are meant to be real athletic events, but open to all students regardless of experience levels.

Please note, a permission slip is required to participate in these activities: CLICK HERE to provide permission ASAP. NOTE: Attendance is required; students who do not attend will be marked absent.
Iliadathon: November 10 - Register Today!

The Iliadathon returns November 10! High school students may register by clicking here.
November 14:  
Seniors Perform Lorca's Blood Wedding 

Symposium Day: January 14, 2019
Order Your Copy of Midsummer Night's Dream!
Each year, while semester conferences are taking place, all students read and annotate a shared literary work. (The seniors also use time during Symposium Week to work on their senior theses.) On the first day following that week, students and faculty will come together for a series of discussions and activities called Symposium Day.

For the 2018-2019 school year, students and faculty will join in a shared activity reading, discussion, and workshops on William Shakespeare's comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream, a text that is sufficiently accessible to all and offers different levels of enjoyment to each age group. Students from 6th through 12th grade already read other works by Shakespeare in class, while this particular play has not been a part of the curriculum. Teachers have helped select this text and are excited to share this additional work of beauty with their students, outside of class, for the sheer enjoyment of it.

During the week from January 7 - 11, students are asked to read carefully, annotate, and prepare their thoughts on this play. Further guidance will be shared as the date approaches. We understand this involves the purchase of a text, but we hope this will be a minimal burden, and easier on the budget than some projects assigned in the past. The edition we plan to use is the Mass Market Paperback Folger text, ISBN 9780743477543 (on Amazon here).

After winter break, on Symposium Day, January 14 (12:30pm release), students will break out from their usual class sections into groups from different grade levels, organized by middle school and high school. These groups will participate in workshops and seminars on A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Stay tuned for updates here, or check our website here.
VERITAS VICTORY 5K!
Lace up your running shoes! Our 5th annual 5K is just around the corner.
November 17
9am Start
Arizona Falls at 56th Street and Indian School
 
Registration opens October 17th!
 
Want your name on a t-shirt? Be an event sponsor! Click here for the sponsorship packet or contact Sarah Marbach at smarbach@veritasprepacademy.org. 
Charitable Giving 

Charitable giving to Veritas Prep directly impacts your children's education. Please click here to see our funding model. If you have yet to make your charitable donation to Veritas, you can donate online here, or contact Sarah Marbach at smarbach@veritasprepacademy.org or 602-396-0276. Thank you for your support to Veritas Prep!
Adventure in Andalusia 
 
All high school students are invited to participate in an amazing educational excursion to Spain this summer from May 29 to June 10. We will visit several cities, with a special emphasis on Toledo and Andalusia, areas rich with a blend of cultures-Christian, Muslim, and Jewish-and abundant physical traces from the Romans, Visigoths, Moors, and Castilians. Take Córdoba's Mezquita as a completely unique example. Imagining the sounds of a call to prayer, we will enter the courtyard and then meander around the dazzling striped arches built by the Muslim Moors on the site of a Visigothic church. Right in the center of this beautiful former mosque our eyes will be lifted up to the heights of a bright Renaissance cathedral. In one building we will experience the best of two different cultures with thousands of years of layers.

Elsewhere, we will visit Baroque Christian palaces and Medieval Muslim palaces, a bullring, castles, synagogues, and two of Europe's best museums where we will see incredible and memorable works like The Garden of Earthly Delights and Guernica by Europe's best painters-El Greco, Goya, Velázquez, and Picasso. We will walk under the two-thousand-year-old arches of the Roman aqueduct in Segovia, and we will have time to wander around and explore great cities like Granada, Seville, and Toledo, where we will spend three full days and four nights.

Over the course of two weeks, students will have an unforgettably enriching experience, immersing themselves in the history, art, and culture of a special region-all with Veritas Prep's goals in mind: to foster a sense of wonder and a great depth of understanding in every student in every place we visit. You can find more information on what is included and the price at the following link: www.explorica.com/Nydegger-5059. A $150 discount is available until October 30. Contact Mr. Nydegger at dnydegger@veritasprepacademy.org for more details

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