Principal's Corner

What's Going On At Veritas In February!

February 1, 2023

We have reached the halfway mark of this school year! Thank you to all our families for your support and encouragement of your children and Veritas School.

As a Group 1 Independent School, Veritas receives 50% of the per student funding granted to the local public school district. Tuition compensates for small portion of the difference. Donations from individuals is also an important component of our funding. During the January special collection at Sacred Heart Parish, our congregation contributed $2880 to Veritas School. This money is used to provide tuition assistance to those families in need. The Knights of Columbus pancake breakfast also raised $665 towards PE equipment. On behalf of all students and staff, we sincerely thank you!

Re-enrollment forms will be sent home with your child in the middle of February. One form is required per child. Please return them to the school by Wednesday, March 1st. This information is crucial in planning our staffing needs and our budget for the 2023-2024 school year. We are also accepting application forms for Kindergarten in September, as well as some of our other grades. If you know of families interested in Veritas for Kindergarten or other grades, please have them contact the school office as soon as possible.

Finally, our Celebration of Learning will be held on Tuesday, February 7 from 4:30 - 6:30! All families are welcome to drop in during this time and see what their children have been learning! We look forward to seeing everyone during this event!

February Dates

Wednesday, Feb 1 - School Mass Led by Grade 7

Friday, Feb 3 - Grade 4 and 5 Skiing at Onion Lake

Friday, Feb 3 - Praise Club (3:00 - 3:30)

Friday, Feb 3 - Movie Night! Doors open at 6:40 and the movie starts at 7 pm.

Monday, Feb 6 - Grade 6-9 Students at Shames!

Tuesday, Feb 7 - Celebration of Learning 4:30 - 6:30 PM

Thursday, Feb 9 - NET with Grade 6-9 Students

Thursday, Feb 9 - Council Meeting at 7 pm

Friday, Feb 10 - Grade 4 and 5 Skiing at Onion Lake

Friday, Feb 10 - Praise Club (3:00 - 3:30)

Wednesday, Feb 15 - No After School Care

Thursday, Feb 16 - Professional Development Day - School Closed!

Friday, Feb 17 - Professional Development Day - School Closed!

Monday, Feb 20 - Family Day Statutory Holiday - School Closed!

Tuesday, Feb 21 - Shrove Tuesday and Pancake Lunch!

Wednesday, Feb 22 - Ash Wednesday School Mass Led by Grade 6

Wednesday, Feb 22 - Pink Shirt Day!

Friday, Feb 24 - Grade 4 and 5 Skiing at Onion Lake

Friday, Feb 24 - Praise Club (3:00 - 3:30)

Monday, Feb 27 - VPSG Meeting at 7 pm

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Student & Family Affordability Fund (Repeat Post)

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 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.

Veritas Parent Support Group

VPSG Executive: The VPSG Executive includes Birke Araujo ( as Chair, Ashley Medeiros as Vice-Chair, Gillian McCutcheon as Secretary, and Joan Iamele as Treasurer. The next meeting is on Monday, February 27 at 7:00 pm in the grade 1 classroom. All parents are encouraged to attend!

Facebook: A lot of fundraiser ideas and Hot Lunch coordination occurs in the Facebook group. Search "Veritas Parent Support Group 2022" and join!

Fundraisers: Thank you for your participation in the West Coast Seeds fundraiser! If you are interested in assisting with any upcoming 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

Minutes: The minutes from previous VPSG meetings can be accessed here:


New Applications: Veritas School is currently accepting applications for September 2023’s Kindergarten class! Some of our other grades also have room for new students for the 2023-2024 school year. Application forms can be downloaded from our website or picked up in the school office. Please send in any application forms as soon as possible, as our Admissions Committee will begin reviewing our Kindergarten applications soon.

Tax Receipts: 2022 tax receipts are ready shortly and will be sent home with your youngest child on Monday, February 6. If you would rather pick your receipt up from the school office, please contact the office to let us know or come in before 4:00 on Friday, February 3.

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 next School Council meeting is on Thursday, February 9 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:

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 February to the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. This month, we are challenged to strengthen our family life! Challenge your family to

  • sit down around the dinner table together more frequently
  • put away your devices between arriving home from work and your child's bedtime and spend time together going for a walk, playing a game, etc.
  • ask your child about a highlight of their school day each night
  • Families are invited to submit photos via Seesaw to 'Tamara Berg' or 'Veritas Office' of their family activities throughout the month of February! All photos will be displayed in the school.