The Year Ahead
We welcome our many new families and welcome back our returning families! Despite being in an unprecedented time, we are enthusiastic about this year. We look forward to seeing our students on campus and online, engaging them academically and watching them develop spiritually and socially. This year is no different than others in one respect – our faculty and staff are deeply committed to laying a foundation of faith and academics, pressing onward through the current challenge before us. We are grateful for your strong support of Veritas. While this year will have its challenges, as a Christian community of learners, we will meet what is ahead of us with prayer, resolve, and a deep sense of trust in each other; and as always, our decisions will be guided by our mission and values.
As you saw reflected in our Return to Campus Playbook, we have given careful attention to clinical research-based safety practices combined with resourceful teaching and learning strategies. To support our priority of safely being on campus and providing families with the utmost flexibility, Veritas has made substantial investment in facility modifications, technology, and personal protective equipment. We worked together and with outside experts to create a unique way for Veritas to use our resources and our campus to open school safely. Our Family Pledge sets the stage for our safety protocols and expresses the part that each member of our community plays in maintaining those protocols. Please pay special attention to the Family Pledge detailed on our website.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, our success in creating a safe environment for our whole school will depend on our commitment to those values that have always undergirded our community: selflessness, caring about our neighbor, and good leadership by everyone who count themselves as a part of the Veritas family: students and their families, faculty, staff and their families. We will move onward together as never before to fulfill the mission of Veritas in this moment of uncertainty and disruption.
Best wishes and I look forward to the new academic year!
First Days of School Schedule
|Wednesday, August 19, 2020||
PreK-4 (arrive at 8:45 AM)
Kindergarten and 8th Grade (arrive at 8:00 AM)
|Thursday, August 20, 2020||
PreK-3 (arrive at 8:45 AM)
1st, 3rd, and 5th Grades (arrive at 8:00 AM)
|Friday, August 21, 2020||
2nd, 4th, 6th, and 7th Grades (arrive at 8:00 AM)
|Monday, August 24, 2020||
All grades PreK-3 through 8th Grade On Campus (new arrival and dismissal times will be communicated on a later date)
The Family Pledge
- Self-screen and screen members of our family daily, especially immediately prior to coming to campus.
- Not come to campus if our student(s) or someone in our household is symptomatic or has tested positive for COVID-19.
- Inform the School if our student(s) or someone in our household is symptomatic or has tested positive for COVID-19.
- Notify the School of any potential exposures, symptoms, or positive COVID-19 test results in a timely manner as outlined in the School’s protocols.
- Encourage our student(s) and their families to practice social distancing whenever feasible.
- Have our student(s) and their families wear a face covering particularly when physical distancing is not possible or difficult.
- Encourage our student(s) and their families to commit to frequent hand-washing and sanitizing.
- Cooperate with local, state, and federal agencies in contact tracing efforts.
New Faculty and Staff
Ashley Phelps, PreK3
Anita Silfvast, 1st Grade
Eileen Lopez, 1st Grade
Houston Baptist University
Bachelor of Arts in Information Systems
Eileen is a native Houstonian of Argentinian immigrant parents. A few years after graduating from Houston Baptist University with a Bachelors of Arts degree, Eileen spent the next 23 years teaching in the homeschool community. Eileen and her husband Daniel were involved in church planting in Houston for 15 years where Eileen was the director of the Children’s Ministry. Since then, they have founded In Depth Ministries , an outreach ministry in the Greater Houston area in which Eileen is active as a conference speaker. Eileen is fluent in Spanish and French, and she enjoys gardening, crocheting, and preparing healthy meals for her family. She is looking forward to joining the team at Veritas Christian Academy.
Karen Wong, 4th Grade
Thema Harris, 4th Grade
Baptist Church, Richardson Independent School District, and Atlanta Public Schools. Her hobbies include reading, traveling, cooking, and having movie nights with her family, which includes her husband, Jervon; their two children, Chase (12), Clarke (9), and their dog, CoCo (7). She is delighted to join the Veritas team and looks forward to serving her students generously with Christ-like love.
Vicky Swicegood, Visual Arts
Erin McDaniels, Choir
Amy Lloyd, Athletic Director