What's Going On At Veritas In April!
April 3, 2023
April is upon us! Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, which was celebrated on April 2 this year. On April 6, we celebrate Holy Thursday, commemorating the Last Supper of Jesus Christ where He established the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Good Friday marks the flogging, tormenting, and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The events that occurred on Good Friday are commemorated through the Stations of the Cross, which is a 14 step devotion performed during Lent. Easter Sunday (April 9) is the celebration of Christ’s resurrection from the dead. For Catholics, Jesus’ resurrection is the ultimate triumph of good over evil. All members of the Veritas community are invited and encouraged to participate in Masses during Holy Week and over Easter weekend (see the times below).
Continue reading to the bottom to enjoy some pictures of Veritas students from the month of March!
Monday, April 3 - VPSG Meeting at 7:00 pm in the Grade 1 classroom - all are welcome!
Friday, April 7 - Good Friday (School Closed)
Monday, April 10 - Easter Monday (School Closed)
Thursday, April 13 - School Council Meeting at 7:00 pm
Friday, April 14 - Bottle Drive (grade 9 fundraiser - see poster below)
Saturday, April 15 - Spring Carnival (grade 7 fundraiser - see poster below)
Tuesday, April 18 - No After School Care Available
Saturday, April 22 - Spring Craft Fair (grade 8 fundraiser - see poster below)
Wednesday, April 26 - School Mass Led by Grade 9
Veritas Parent Support Group
VPSG Executive: The VPSG Executive includes Birke Araujo (firstname.lastname@example.org) as Chair, Ashley Medeiros as Vice-Chair, Gillian McCutcheon as Secretary, and Joan Iamele as Treasurer. The next meeting is on Monday, April 3 at 7:00 pm in the grade 1 classroom. All parents are encouraged to attend!
Fundraisers: Thank you for your participation in the popcorn fundraiser, partnered with Tillicum Twin Theatres! Beginning April 10th, the Growing Smiles fundraiser will be open with annuals, perennials, veggies, herbs, planters, and hanging baskets to choose from! The delivery date will be May 17th, just in time for the May long weekend. Watch for order information coming soon!
Fundraising Monies: This year's fundraising goal is $30 000! To date, we have raised approximately $20 000.
Hot Lunch Class Volunteers: A new Hot Lunch order will be available soon - watch for the link! Kindergarten parents are responsible for volunteering for Hot Lunch prep for the month of April! Thank you to everyone that is able to help out! Grade 1 parents are responsible for May's Hot Lunch. If you are able to help out on any of the Wednesdays in April from 11:00 - 12:20, please reach out to Birke at email@example.com or call the school office!
Facebook: A lot of fundraiser ideas and Hot Lunch coordination occurs in the Facebook group. Search "Veritas Parent Support Group 2022" and join!
Minutes: The minutes from previous VPSG meetings can be accessed here (please note that the March meeting was cancelled): https://www.veritascatholicschool.ca/vpsg-minutes.
Next Meeting: The next VPSG meeting will be on April 3rd at 7:00 pm in the grade 1 classroom. We hope to see you there!
New Applications: Veritas School is currently accepting applications for some of our classes that have space for the 2023-2024 school year. Application forms can be downloaded from our website or picked up in the school office.
Sick Children: If your child is unwell, please keep them home until their symptoms have improved!
School Council: The next School Council meeting is on Thursday, April 13 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.
Student & Family Affordability Fund (Repeat Post)
There are still funds available to families who have not yet applied! Please apply for support in the form of grocery cards or reimbursement for extra-curricular activities!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
All are invited to participate in Easter Celebrations at Sacred Heart Parish!
Below is the schedule of Mass times for Holy Week:
Thursday, April 6 at 7:00pm - Holy Thursday
Friday, April 7 at 3:00pm - Good Friday
Saturday, April 8 at 9:00pm - Easter Vigil
Sunday, April 9 at 9:00am & 11:00am - Easter Sunday
100s Day Cake made by Mrs. Webb for Kindergarten and Grade 1!
Grade 1 celebrating 100s Day!
Grade 4 and 5 heading out on their last ski day of this year!
Kindergarten posing with their crosses after Mass!
Grade 6-9 Students enjoying the last day at Shames!
Mrs. Olson's St. Patrick's Day Music Carnival was great fun!