Verbum Dei Community Newsletter

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From Ms. Bowie.....Personal and College Counselor

Growth mindset is not just a new age philosophical trend, it truly is a way of life and a strategy for good mental health, and thus success! The College Access Program (CAP) curriculum/course is all about incorporating growth mindset. Students learn growth mindset throughout grades 9-11 in preparation for the CAP 12 course. Verbum Dei provides a protected and structured time for counselors to guide seniors through a 5 unit curriculum that is essentially the process they will follow in pursuit of college admissions- foundations, feasibility, discernment, enrollment and transition into college.

Research shows that your mindset contributes to how you approach challenges and opportunities—including whether you use the word “challenge” or “opportunity” for the same circumstance. And we all know that high school is full of both challenges and opportunities. We teach students that these two dynamics are actually one in the same, furthermore, that there is success and lessons learned and at the end of each opportunity.

By 12th grade we hope our students would have mastered this concept and are able to open themselves to a host of different college options to find the best fit place where they will thrive and reach goals. They will also have the innate understanding that:

  • Belief in the development of whole self, including a healthy balance of mental, social/emotional and physical well-being…
  • Self-confidence in his ability to succeed…
  • Sense of belonging, especially in the school environment…
  • Understanding that postsecondary education and life-long learning are necessary for long-term career success…
  • Belief in using abilities to their fullest to achieve high-quality results and outcomes…
  • Positive attitude toward work and learning…

…is essential to reach their full potential in college and beyond!


Ms. Bowie-

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Sometimes you may have to get a little dirty to get the job done. Shout out to Eagles Soccer! The fellas shut out Serra High school 6-0!

Present Dei Puzzler Winners!

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Congratulations to our Present Dei Puzzler Winners (from left to right) Yahir Garcia '21, Abraham Garcia '19, Mr. McGrath, Theology Teacher.

These three were the first to answer:

What is unique about number 8,549,176,320?

The answer: The numbers are in alphabetical order!

You can check out the next puzzler in The Present Dei our online student newspaper (link included at the bottom of this email). There is a monetary prize for the correct answer!

Next Drumline Practice: February 2, 2019

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Verbum Dei Career Day


If you know of someone that would be a great presenter for our students, please email Ms. Tobar at

Thank you!

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Introducing Present Dei.....

Present Dei is our school online newspaper which includes stories written by our Journalism students. Please take a moment to check it out!
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Updated List of CWSP Assignments and Due dates

2019 Spring Gala

Our 2019 Spring Gala will be held on March 7. The Spring Gala is Verbum Dei's annual fundraiser and celebration of the senior class. For information about ticket costs and to attend please email Dr. Odom Lucas.
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We Need Black History Month Donations

Please contact Ms. Tobar 323-564-6651 ext. 1005 or to donate items. Thank you!
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Admissions- Refer a Friend!

Verbum Dei Parents!

I’m excited to announce a new Parent Referral Program sponsored by the Department of Catholic Schools! Effective immediately, any referrals submitted through the referral portal below will get you one step closer to winning these incentives.

Referral Portal:

· Tuition Discount: If your referral enrolls, both you and your referral will receive $100 off tuition, up to the first 100 referred enrollments

· iPad Raffle: Every referral submitted through the referral portal counts as 1 entry into the raffle, 5 winners will be randomly selected

Also, the school whose parents submit the most referrals based on the student population will receive a $3,000 technology grant — so let’s do this together!

A qualified referral counts as a friend, family member, or other acquaintance who has expressed interest in Catholic education. Once you submit a referral, both you and the referral will receive an email confirmation with the next steps.

I encourage you to participate as actively as possible, and please spread the word! Let’s help keep our schools strong and our faith alive. Thank you for all you do!

Dr. OL

Infinite Value. Limitless Potential.


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Basketball and Soccer Schedules are here!!!!

Fresh off the presses.

See you at the nest!

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Click the link in the title to order yours today!
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Grad at Grad

The Grad at Grad is a list of six characteristics that all Jesuit, Cristo Rey schools hope their graduates will embody. For Verbum Dei, this list represents the overall goals of our academic, athletic, and spiritual programs.

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