Verbum Dei Community Newsletter

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Strengths and Weaknesses

A 10-year-old boy decided to study judo despite the fact that he had lost his left arm in a devastating car accident.

The boy began lessons with an old Japanese judo master. The boy was doing well, so he couldn’t understand why, after three months of training the master had taught him only one move. “Sensei,”(Teacher in Japanese) the boy finally said, “Shouldn’t I be learning more moves?” “This is the only move you know, but this is the only move you’ll ever need to know,” the sensei replied.

Not quite understanding, but believing in his teacher, the boy kept training. Several months later, the sensei took the boy to his first tournament. Surprising himself, the boy easily won his first two matches. The third match proved to be more difficult, but after some time, his opponent became impatient and charged; the boy deftly used his one move to win the match. Still amazed by his success, the boy was now in the finals.

This time, his opponent was bigger, stronger, and more experienced. For a while, the boy appeared to be overmatched. Concerned that the boy might get hurt, the referee called a time-out. He was about to stop the match when the sensei intervened. “No,” the sensei insisted, “Let him continue.” Soon after the match resumed, his opponent made a critical mistake: he dropped his guard. Instantly, the boy used his move to pin him. The boy had won the match and the tournament.

He was the champion. On the way home, the boy and sensei reviewed every move in each and every match. Then the boy summoned the courage to ask what was really on his mind.

“Sensei, how did I win the tournament with only one move?”

“You won for two reasons,” the sensei answered. “First, you’ve almost mastered one of the most difficult throws in all of judo. And second, the only known defense for that move is for your opponent to grab your left arm.”

The boy’s biggest weakness had become his biggest strength.

Sometimes we count ourselves out. We can be our hardest critics. Believe in your God given talents to conquer the obstacles that may come your way.

Still Conquering,

Dr. OL

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Coffee with the Principal!

Please join Dr. Odom on December 7, 2018 for Coffee with the Principal.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Faculty VS. Students for Free Dress!!!

Did I get your attention? Next week Faculty and Students will be playing Thanksgiving Bingo! The first group that wins bingo (faculty or students) will earn free dress for Finals Week!

If you have completed any of the actions below, stop by Campus Ministry to sign your name! The first group, faculty or staff, that get Bingo will win!

Good luck!

  1. Write a thank you note/ email to a Faculty/staff

2. Write a thank you note/ email to their CWSP driver

3. Eat lunch with a teacher

4. Write a kind note to a Verb student in another grade

5. Perform a random act of kindness (helpful Honda)

6. Attend Thursday mass after school

7. Read an article from Present Dei and make a comment

8. Attend freshmen Basketball game

9. Attend JV Basketball game

10. Attend Varsity Basketball game

11. Attend JV Soccer game

12. Attend Varsity soccer game

13. No HW JUG for two consecutive weeks

14. No lunch JUG for two consecutive weeks

15. Sign happy birthday to a student whose birthday was announced during morning announcements

16. Tutor after school

17. Support the can drive

18. Show school spirit

19. Wear college sweatshirt

20. Recommend Faculty/Staff for Faculty/Staff of the Month

21. Make teacher laugh

22. Assigned corridor clean for 2 consecutive weeks

23. House selfie

24. Give a teacher a complement

25. Read and “like” Dr. Odom’s newsletters

26. Comment something nice on Verb’s IG

27. Go to church on Sunday (send a selfie to Ms. Chambers or Dr. Odom)

28. Participate in the church service on Sunday (send a selfie to Ms. Chambers or Dr. Odom)

29. Attend Mass after school

30. Recite the Suscipe to Theology teachers by memory

31. Score an “A” on a test

32. Use resource center for minimum of 1-hr

33. Complete extra Christian Service Hours

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Your first SAT Diagnostic test is this Saturday.

Please be here by 7:45am. You will need two #2 pencils and a calculator. Good luck Juniors!

Dr. Odom's Study Tips


This is the presentation I made during the Student Assembly. Please review! Good luck on Finals!
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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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