The Classical School Newsletter, Week of 10/29

Parents, please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are important dates that you do not want to miss:
•October 30 – Black Box Theatre Play- Dearly Departed
•November 6 – Self-Study Day
•November 9 – Winter Sports Parent Meeting
•November 10-13 – 8th grade Patriotism American Leadership DC Trip
•November 11 – TCS Field Trip Oakland Nature Preserve
•November 12 – TCS Parent Association Meeting
•November 13 – TCS Field Trip Day of Dinosaurs
•November 19 – TCS Thanksgiving Feast


A Message from Sarah Donovan, Principal of Extended Educational Programs
As I serve each unique Extended Educational Program, I am especially grateful for three very special leaders. I am grateful for Patty Myers and her heart for providing our TFH students with a place to grow in mind, body, and spirit. She has been with the program since its start, and would move mountains to ensure the best for our students. I am grateful for Grayson Merritt and her heart for our littlest Royals. She has a gift and unwavering love for creating a preschool that helps both our students and staff flourish. I am grateful for Joe Fana and his heart for creating a strong school to home connection. He has a contagious joy for our TCS students and staff that fills our hallways and hearts. Please join me in thanking them for their love and leadership.

Sarah Donovan


Jennifer Tower

This is Jen’s first year at TCS. She teaches several math classes and enjoys sharing her love of math with them (even if they haven’t developed that love yet). She appreciates the opportunity to teach The First Hope inclusion students. Beyond just teaching, Jen loves hearing about the students’ lives before and after class.

One of Mrs. Tower’s favorite memories was teaching geometry. She brought M&Ms and spaghetti to teach points and lines. The kids enjoyed it, and so did she.

Jen will vacation anywhere with sand, gorgeous water, and her family. Barbados is one place that comes to mind. Her family enjoys both sports and fine arts, but one of her favorite hobbies is riding her bike whether on local trails or in completely new locations. Her personal best is riding fifty miles in one day. She hopes to beat that by going seventy-five miles in one day sometime soon.


Shoeboxes for Haiti
Each year, The First Academy participates in one school wide Christmas mission project. This year we are pleased to announce our continued partnership with the New Missions’ Shoe Box Drive. New Missions is a Christian organization with schools in Haiti, serving approximately 10,000 students. Our boxes will be a gift of love to those who are in extreme need of even the most basic of health and school items.

More information can be found at

Boxes will be collected on Thursday, November 12 outside of the TCS office.

If you wish to pay for postage online, please visit
Thank you for partnering with us as we touch the lives and hearts of those in need.


The Gift of Time- A Devotional Message from PJ Wehry
Time binds us. It wraps us up and embraces us. “I have seen the burden that God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” As small as we are in this gigantic cosmos that God has created, He has still created us for something great. We are bound within time, but God has made that time, that passing and moving, into something beautiful. As we watch our kids grow, as we watch the seasons pass, every step of the way carries its own hurt, its own goodness, and its own beauty. Recognize each day for the good gift it is, and recognize that beyond even these good gifts, God has called us to himself. His eternal person is something we desire in the depths of our hearts. Our lives are full of these and many more wonders. Do not dismiss them. Instead, day to day, embrace them.


Self-Study Days
The Self-Study Days were designed to give our families flexibility in participating in activities outside of our curriculum. On the Self-Study Days, students will not be assigned work by their teachers. Rather, the student and parent can come up with their own course of study for that day. This counts as a school day; however, you are not required to turn in documentation in to the school.


Please take a few moments to verify and update your contact, emergency, and pickup information in RenWeb. This is our primary method of regular communication so it is important that we have
accurate information on each student.


Field Trip Info
We are excited to share with you our scheduled TCS Field Trips for this school year. Please see the attached document for a description of the event. All Fall semester field trips are currently open for registration (with the exception of a couple waiting to be updated online).

To register, please visit the link below or visit The Classical School’s website page from The First Academy’s homepage.