Verbum Dei Community Newsletter

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We Are the Ones We've Been Waiting For......

Over the next few days the media will be flooded with excerpts of Dr. King's speeches and letters. One of my favorites is the Letter from Birmingham Jail written on April 16, 1963 where Dr. King defends the strategy of nonviolent resistance to racism. In one of the most profound points, King writes:

For years now I have heard the words "Wait!..The "Wait" has almost always meant "Never."... I guess it is easy for those who have felt the stinging facts of segregation to say, "Wait."...when your first name becomes "nigger" and your middle name becomes "boy" (however hold you are) and your last name becomes "John," and when your wife and mother are never given the respect title of "Mrs."...when you are forever fighting a degenerating sense of "nobodiness" then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait. There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into an abyss of injustice where they experience the bleekness of corroding despair.

Just eight months prior to Dr. King's speech Verbum Dei opened its doors. Verbum Dei, an educational institution founded on the Word of God, consisted of faculty members, parents, and students that refused to wait. They refused to wait for a society to become ready for their students- scholars and scholar-athletes ready for college success. They refused to wait for educational research to recognize the importance of student-teacher relationships and high expectations- they had already done that.

And so it is with us, Verbum Dei. We find ourselves in similar times as Dr. King. Human dignity is perceived as something that must be earned not something that is innate to one's human-ness. Verbum Dei's nonviolent strategy to racism (or any other -ism that denies human dignity) is education and inspiration. Verbum Dei educates and inspires young men of color in Watts and the surrounding cities. We refuse to wait for permission. We refuse to wait until it is trending. We refuse to wait for the perfect conditions. We refuse to wait for city or government leaders to lead the way. Verbum Dei knows WE are the ones we've been waiting for.

In Solidarity,

Dr. OL

Verbum Dei Names Head Football Coach (click below)

Verbum Dei is pleased to announce Marquis Bowling as Head Football Coach. Marquis holds a Bachelor degree from the University of Memphis where he was also an athlete. While at the University of Memphis, he was a two-time All American Award Winner and a two-time 1st Team All Conference USA selection. He was also voted University of Memphis Defensive Lineman of the Year in 1998 and 1999. Coach Bowling has earned a Masters of Education in Exercise and Sports Leadership with a Sport Psychology Emphasis from East Texas Baptist University.

Coach Bowling has held a variety of coaching positions including Defensive Coordinator, JV Head Football Coach, Assistant Football Coach, and Head Football Coach. Rip Scherer, Assistant Football Coach for the LA Chargers who coached Coach Bowling at the University of Memphis describes him as one of the finest people he has ever had the pleasure of coaching. He states Coach Bowling was a very productive starting player but “what he brought to our program in terms of focus, commitment, maturity, and leadership cannot be measured.”

Verbum Dei’s community is very excited to welcome Coach Bowling. “I look forward to working with Coach Bowling. This will be an amazing experience for our young men”, says Coach Ken Stevenson, Athletic Director. Coach Bowling believes that Verbum Dei will provide an opportunity to answer God’s calling for his life. He is scheduled to begin January 22, 2019.

Coach Stevenson Stepping In as Dean's Assistant

Coach Stevenson will be assuming the role of Dean's Assistant for the remainder of the school year. Coach Bowling will take over Coach Stevenson's PE Courses effective Tuesday, January 22, 2019. We thank Coach Stevenson and Coach Bowling for stepping up in their new roles.

Congratulations December Student Intern of the Month

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Justin Fuñez, Class of 2020

Justin comes into our office everyday ready and eager to work. From assisting our accounting department to our attorneys, paralegals and file clerks, he asks every individual person if they need help with a specific task or anything in general to take off their plate. Every task given to Justin, he completes with attention to detail no matter what assignment is given to him. Justin is very sweet, smart, kind and very respectful to anyone he encounters whether it be clients or staff.



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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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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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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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