Official School News and Updates
A HUGE THANK YOU to all our many parent and student volunteers who have done so much to help with our back-to-school events--more than we can list here!

The Parent Organization, with the leadership of president Carrilee Fox and vice-president Allison Disarufino went above and beyond in organizing VPREP this year - and adapting to circumstances with the sudden storm! Many thanks also to PSO chairs Yvonne Sandweiss and Kim Seeley for arranging the New Parent Coffee and New Student Luncheon events.

Student volunteers, both mentors and house leaders, were instrumental at VPREP as well as New Student Orientation, helping families and making our first-year students feel at home.

Our teachers helped out at VPREP as well, and made time to be in the halls on the first day of school, helping with schedules, lockers, and more.

The Veritas Prep community really came together this week, a sign this will be a great year!

Traffic Safety - a Call for Volunteers

Parent and student drivers, please model the virtues of patience and charity when entering and exiting the Veritas parking lot. There is no more immediate way to show we are a true community, and the stakes are high.

Year after year, our faculty have done their best to protect our students walking to and from campus, as vehicles enter and exit our campus. However, we need your support. Parents, please consider volunteering to help out as a traffic monitor before or after school. If you can commit to 20-25 minutes in the morning or afternoon, this will be a generous contribution to the safety and integrity of our community.

If you are interested in signing up, please complete the survey linked here. Our administration will contact you to set up a time when you can discuss the role and complete any necessary paperwork.  
Find the club for you!

Click here for this semester's extracurricular catalog. We hope you will find a club or activity that fits your leisure and interests! For questions on clubs, you can email club advisors. For general questions, click here .

Useful Links
There are many resources linked on our website www.veritasprep.org: please stop by and click around! Below are some links that we hope will be useful. If you ever have questions on the website or need to find information, you can click here to contact us.

The Habits of Respect are essential to the culture we hope to form among our students. Please take a look and talk with your students about these.

Our deans have been reviewing with students the guidelines for Lyceum period and lunch dismissal. They are linked here for your convenience as well.

At this point, teachers by now have communicated tutoring times to their students. Teachers are the best source for the most updated tutoring info. For convenience, we have also gathered this information in one place: a Tutoring Schedule is posted on our website.

Other links to important documents, including our recently updated Family Handbook link, can be found in our newsletters and on our website
Freshman Retreat Readings

Freshman families, we hope you have had the chance to register for next week's retreat in Prescott, starting August 16. If not, click here to complete.

We are pleased to announce the readings for this year's retreat:

1. Poem: "Tuft of Flowers" by Robert Frost. Found in Major American Poets, a text used in 9th-grade poetry class. Please bring this small volume with you on the trip.

2. Short Story:  "To Build a Fire," by Jack London. Found in Great American Short Stories, a text used in 9th-grade Humane Letters class. Please bring this small volume as well. 

Student Accomplishments!
We love to recognize the good work our students do in the classroom and beyond. If you would like to share a student's academic, athletic, or community accomplishment, please send us a note here.  
Important Dates Ahead

Friday, August 11: School Pictures - Click here for the order form!
Families of seniors,
see below!
 
 
Thursday, August 16 - Friday, August 18: Freshman Retreat - registration due! If you haven't registered, click here.

Friday, August 18 - 7th-Grade Ice Cream Party at 2:50 PM. See below for RSVP and more info!
Senior Portraits at 7:00 AM on Friday, August 11
Seniors, your formal portraits will be taken early on picture day! Come well-dressed to the front lobby at 7:00 AM; bring your uniform to change back into after your portrait. School guidelines can be found in the Family Handbook. Email Mr. Sifert or Mrs. Weiland if you have any questions about dress code.

Please use the semi-formal dress code as a baseline for modesty, although students are welcome to dress more formally if they wish. Keep in mind that these photos may go in the yearbook (families are welcome to submit alternate formal photos to the yearbook if desired, or to complete makeup photos later in the school year - email Mrs. Bruns with yearbook questions).

Click here for the portrait order form!

A Note from Grand Photography on Picture Day:
 
Linked here is your students fall portrait picture order form. Please print off, fill out completely and return to school with your student on picture day Friday, August 11th.

Place form and payment (Cash, Check, MO or Credit accepted) inside an envelope and place your students first/last name and grade on the outside of the envelope. Or you can staple the payment to the envelope. Whichever is easiest for you. 
 
This portrait will be used for your student's ID as well as the yearbook so look your best! If you have any questions or need assistance please do not hesitate to contact our studio during business hours or feel free to email us as well!   
 
You may also call and place your order over the phone with us and pay by credit card if you wish!  
 
It's NEVER too late to order!  If you forget to turn your order in on picture day, you can always mail it in or call it in!
 
We look forward to taking your students portraits!
 
Sincerely,

Your Grand Photography Staff

Grand Photography

761 N. Monterey St. Suite #110
Gilbert, AZ 85233
480-632-2285 Office M-F 9am-5pm
 
Check us out on Facebook!  www.Facebook.com
Look for Grand Photography, LLC.
 
"Specializing in Schools, Youth Sports, Seniors, Family & Special Events." 

Click here for the portrait order form!

7th Grade Ice Cream Party!

All 7th grade students are invited to an ice cream party to celebrate the beginning of the school year.
 
Friday, August 18th
2:50-3:20pm
Grassy Dell Retention Basin by Archway Veritas
 
We need parent volunteers. If you are going to be on campus that afternoon, please sign up to help here.


Early Bird Yearbook Purchases
Interested in purchasing a yearbook this year? Hurry--early bird pricing will end the last day of quarter 1, October 6th! Yearbooks are currently $35 each.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER TODAY!

European Field Study 2018: Classical Rome and Its Re-Birth.
In coordination with Explorica, an educational travel company, Mr. Nydegger is planning a field study in a part of the world that perfectly overlaps with our classical curriculum: Italy! From May 23 to June 6, students and teachers will travel to Rome, Florence, Venice, and several cities in between, experiencing the best of Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Italy. We'll study and visit such important Roman buildings as the Coliseum, Pantheon, and St. Peter's Basilica. In Florence, we'll see all the major sights like Michelangelo's David, Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise, and the Uffizi Gallery, and we'll climb to the top of Brunelleschi's iconic dome. We'll tour the canals of Venice, visiting St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace. We'll also see Assisi's basilica, Sienna's square, Lucca's walls, and Pisa's leaning tower! With nearly a week in Florence, students will have the chance to interact with that remarkable city's history and culture at a far deeper level than the average highlights tour.
 
The tour is open to current 9th, 10th, and 11th graders, and the tour fee is $5,231, which includes all flights, transportation, entry fees, tours, breakfast, and most dinners. An early bird discount of $150 is available for those who can sign up in the next month. Any and all interested students should indicate their interest by submitting a Preliminary Application. An interest meeting for students will be held after school on Monday, August 14 in Room 209. An interest meeting for students and parents will be held on Monday, August 21 at 7:00 in the library. Please contact Mr. Nydegger for more information.
College Counseling
Attention, all high-school families:
We strive to provide the best college counseling support and services, including
  • Counseling by Appointment (9-12)
  • Seminars on Navigating the Process (Finance, Essays, Naviance)
  • Onsite PSAT (9-11)
  • College 101 (Juniors)
  • Essay and Application Support for Seniors
As part of our back-to-school process, we aska non-refundable $30 deposit for these College Counseling services. To complete the required fee, click here. On the registration page you can also read a detailed description of what our college counseling provides your students.

If you have not completed this fee this year (you should have an email confirmation of "College Counseling" from our Configio site), please do so today.
Athletics Update
Dear Parents,
 
Register Your Athlete: 
Tryouts are fast approaching for the fall season: please make sure your child is registered on RegisterMyAthlete.com and they have the necessary forms in or they will not be allowed to participate!
 
New Website:
This year we have an updated website for all things athletics - schedules, scores, photos, social media and much more!
Our official site URL is: veritasprepathletics.com  
 
This site will provide you with all of the information you could ever need regarding athletics. Make sure you go check it out!
 
Some Helpful Tips:
  • Click on the "Alerts" section at the top of the website and register for alerts for your team. These alerts will be very important to the success of our athletic program, so we encourage you to sign up for them either via email, text, or both. Alerts will include schedule changes, announcements from coaches, practice cancellations and more.
  • Look for schedules under the fall, winter, or spring sports, choose the sport and click "Schedules and Rosters."
  • Go to the Facebook and Twitter icons on the athletics website and follow the schools social media accounts for up to date information!
  • If you have photos or videos throughout the year that you would like to share on the website, please contact either your athlete's coach or Assistant Athletic Director Kayla Walsh.
  • If you own a business, or know someone that would like to be an ad sponsor featured on the athletics website please contact Kayla Walsh.
 
Athletic Director: Andrew Mayer amayer@veritasprepacademy.org
Assistant Athletic Director: Kayla Walsh kwalsh@veritasprepacademy.org

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