Principal's Corner

What's Going On At Veritas In January!

January 3, 2023

Happy New Year! We hope that all of you had a wonderful and peaceful Christmas filled with joy and celebration with your families!

Thank you for your support during the busy month of December. Our grade 6-9 Christmas Showcase was presented before a packed gym and our kindergarten to grade 5 Christmas Concert at the REM Lee Theatre was fabulous! In addition, a large amount of donations were collected for the Ksan Society. Thank you for supporting our collection for those in need in our community.

I am excited to share with you that a new grade 4 teacher, Ms. Carol Ramirez, has been hired! Please continue reading below to learn more about Ms. Ramirez. We also are pleased to have Ms. Favela back in the Learning Resource Position after being on leave this fall.

We are looking forward to celebrating Catholic Education Week at the end of January! Catholic Education Week is recognized by all Catholic schools in British Columbia as a celebration of the opportunity for families to have choice in the education of their children. Watch Seesaw for more information in the coming weeks!

January Dates

Tuesday, Jan 3 - First Day back at School!

Friday, Jan 6 - Praise Club (3:00 - 3:30)

Thursday, Jan 12 - Council Meeting at 7 pm

Friday, Jan 13 - Praise Club (3:00 - 3:30)

Monday, Jan 16 - Grade 6-9 Students at Shames!

Monday, Jan 16 - VPSG Meeting at 7 pm

Friday, Jan 20 - Praise Club (3:00 - 3:30)

Wednesday, Jan 25 - School Mass Led by Grade 7

Friday, Jan 27 - Praise Club (3:00 - 3:30)

Student & Family Affordability Fund

In August 2022, the Ministry of Education and Child Care announced a one-time grant to BC schools for the purpose of making life more affordable for families who are facing financial challenges. Veritas School received a grant of $19 674, which is intended to support BC students and families affected by recent inflation and cost of living challenges. This fund can be used for school supplies (such as ink cartridges for home printers, band instrument rentals, etc.), field trips, extra-curricular events, bus and transit, Hot Lunch, grocery cards, and winter clothing purchases. If you have a need not listed here, please contact Tamara Berg to see if your need qualifies under this grant.

Veritas School parents and caregivers can make a request for financial support by completing a Student & Family Affordability Fund form. The form is available in the Veritas School office or can be downloaded HERE. Completed forms must be submitted to Tamara Berg (Principal), where they will be reviewed by Mrs. Berg and a representative of Veritas School Council. Funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

If you have any questions or concerns about the Student & Family Affordability Fund, please contact Tamara Berg at tberg@cispg.ca or 250-635-3035.


Please note that grant funds may not be used for school tuition fees. If you require tuition assistance, please contact Tamara Berg for the appropriate form. All Tuition Assistance Forms are reviewed by Veritas School Council.


Canada Dental Benefit: Please click HERE for an infographic on the Canada Dental Benefit for children under 12 years of age.

Welcome Ms. Ramirez!

We extend a warm welcome to our new grade 4 teacher, Ms. Ramirez!


Ms. Ramirez earned her Bachelor of Education from the University of Windsor after completing her Bachelor of Arts with a Major in English from York University. She has more than 12 years of teaching experience around the world, including in Ontario and British Columbia. Her passions include hiking, soccer, stargazing, eating lots of ethnic foods, and travelling to exotic places. Welcome, Ms. Ramirez!

Veritas Parent Support Group

VPSG Executive: The VPSG Executive includes Birke Araujo (birkepferd@hotmail.com) as Chair, Ashley Medeiros as Vice-Chair, and Gillian McCutcheon as Secretary. Thank you to Joan Iamele for stepping in to the Treasurer position! Jen Darby will assist Joan to ensure a smooth transition. Thank you, Jen, for your 13+ years as VPSG Treasurer!

Fundraisers: Thank you to all our volunteers for participating in and supporting school fundraisers, as well as class outings and activities! We had lots of wonderful Christmas cookie trays and the children loved seeing their art cards come to life! Upcoming fundraisers include West Coast Seeds, so keep your eyes peeled for ordering information! If you are interested in assisting with any of the fundraisers, please contact Birke.

Fundraising Monies: This year's fundraising goal is $30 000! To date, we have raised approximately $15 000!

Hot Lunch: After almost three years of coordinating Hot Lunch, Silvia Barg is stepping away from this role. The VPSG is desperate for a Hot Lunch Coordinator ASAP! A volunteer for this role is necessary for Hot Lunch to continue past March. If you are interested, please contact Birke! Wednesday's hot lunch relies on parent volunteers; if you can volunteer, please contact your classroom representative or Birke. Hot lunch orders can be placed a minimum of one week in advance at https://munchalunch.com/schools/veritascatholicschool/

Minutes: The minutes from previous VPSG meetings can be accessed here: https://www.veritascatholicschool.ca/vpsg-minutes. Please note that a meeting was not held in December, so minutes are not available for the month of December.

Reminders!

Dressing for the weather: Please remember to ensure your child comes to school properly dressed for the weather, whether that be rain and wind or snow and cold! Students go outside, unless there is thunder and lightening or the wind chill is colder than -20 degrees Celsius.

Sick Children: If your child is unwell, please keep them home until their symptoms have improved!

School Council: The fifth School Council meeting is on Thursday, January 12 at 7:00pm at the school. The meeting begins with an open invitation to all, before we move to the in-camera portion of the meeting. The mandate of School Council is to oversee the operation of Veritas School, including finances and staffing. Minutes from previous School Council meetings can be accessed here: https://www.veritascatholicschool.ca/school-council

Absentee Notes: Please contact the school explaining your child's absences with a Seesaw message to Office Staff and your child's teacher. Absentee reports are crucial to our school's funding, as numerous unexplained absences throughout the school year can mean less government funding for your child.

Catholic Corner

The Catholic Church dedicates the month of January to the Holy Name of Jesus. On January 6th, the Catholic Church celebrates the Epiphany, which is when the Magi (also referred to as the Three Wise Men or Three Kings) traveled from the East to visit the newborn King, Jesus Christ.