The Classical School Blog, Week of April 13th


Parents, please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are important dates that you do not want to miss:

A Message from Sarah Donovan, Principal of Extended Educational Programs

TEEP’s Royal Reach Referral Program for all Extended Educational Programs is a wonderful way to celebrate current families who refer their friends and extended family for the 2017 – 2018 school year.

Here’s how it works: When a student applies and successfully enrolls with any Extended Educational Program, the referring family receives a $150 per child in all age and grade levels at TFA’s Preschool, The Classical School (TCS), and The First Hope. The applicant must name you as their referring family on the student application. Every year, close to 80% of our new families enroll at The First Academy due to a current teacher, staff member, or TFA family recommending our school. We know that a recommendation from YOU carries much more credibility than any print ad can say, and we are grateful!

Please help remind your friends to apply early and save their spot for 2017 – 2018! Together we can experience what makes our Extended Educational Programs of The First Academy so special and bring additional mission-appropriate families to share in the excitement of TFA’s Extended Educational Programs.

For more information on TFA’s Extended Educational Programs, please visit the links below:

The First Academy Preschool (Ages 8 Weeks- 3 Years Old)

The Classical School of The First Academy (Kindergarten-12th Grade)

The First Hope of The First Academy (PreK- 12th Grade)



A Message from Joe Fana,  Principal of The Classical School

The beauty of Easter week is found in the culmination when our Lord and Savior was resurrected from the dead on Easter Sunday.  Ahead of Easter Sunday are powerful events that led to Christ’s resurrection.

Palm Sunday, the Sunday prior to Easter, Jesus entered Jerusalem as people laid palm branches in his path.  This was foretold in Zechariah 9:9.

Maundy Thursday, the Thursday prior to Easter, is observed as the day Jesus met with his disciples at the Last Supper – giving them mandate to love one another, as he loved them.  Here, Jesus also acknowledged that one of his disciples would betray him.

Following Maundy Thursday is Good Friday.  It is here that Jesus was crucified and died on Calvary, for the sins of man.

Easter, also known as Resurrection Sunday, Christ rose from the grave, overcoming death just as He said.

In Christian churches around the world, believers will proclaim, “He has risen!”  He has risen indeed.





Once again our Kindergarten students amazed us with their fabulous book report projects!

Kindergarten students did book reports.


2nd Grade

Mrs. Stephens’ 2nd grade class enjoyed reading about Flat Stanley and creating their own Flat Stanley’s. This fun project helps spark a love for reading and writing.


Second grade students created Flat Stanley's after reading the book.


Field Trip

Go Green Knight!  TCS and TFH students cheered on their Green Knight at the Medieval Times Lunch-and-Learn field trip on Friday, 3/31.  Over 42 people attended this fun and educational outing, helping to make up a total of 900 people from local schools… and the best news of all is that our Knight won!

TCS students take a field trip to the Mid-evil Times Lunch and Learn.


Mother-Son Boot Camp

Several of our TCS moms and sons participated in the TFA Mother-Son Boot Camp. It looks like they had a blast, participating in the various games and enjoying some yummy food!

TCS moms participated in the Mother-Son Boot Camp. TCS moms participated in the Mother-Son Boot Camp. TCS moms participated in the Mother-Son Boot Camp. TCS moms participated in the Mother-Son Boot Camp.



Terra Nova 3 Testing

As we approach our Terra Nova 3 (TN3) standardized testing for this year, we wanted to send out some info regarding these days.

  • Thursday, April 20, is the practice test for TN3. Please have your student present by 7:55. We will resume our regular scheduled classes at  9:30. Basic students should be picked up in the lobby at that time.
  • The mandatory testing dates for students in grades K – 8 are Tuesday, April 25, Wednesday, April  26, and Thursday, April 27. Please make sure your child is here by 7:55 each morning. Dismissal for Tuesday and Wednesday will be at 1:30 pm and dismissal for Thursday will be at noon.
  • Students may bring a healthy snack and lunch each day.
  • Late students will not be admitted into their testing class until the next subtest that morning. There are no make-ups for these tests.
  • Students should have multiple sharped #2 pencils. Students may NOT use mechanical pencils.
  • Students in 3rd – 8th grades have the option of bringing a calculator for the math section. All math problems on the tests can be calculated without a calculator.  The calculator may not be on a phone, tablet, or computer. It also may not be a scientific or graphing calculator.
  • Students may wear Spirit Wear (TFA shirts/jeans). Jeans may not have rips or tears in them. It is also recommended that students bring a jacket.

Royal Sapphire Auditions

Attention 5th-11th grade girls!

Royal Sapphires Auditions will be held on Monday, May 1st  from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Faith Hall, 3rd Floor, Room CF. The Royal Sapphires Dance Team represents TFA at football games, pep rallies, parades, & chapels. The Sapphires also use dance as a tool to witness the gospel in the community.

Wear dance attire and come prepared to move! Some Dance experience is recommended.

For more info: Contact: Mrs. Collins – US116 or Mrs. Scott-



Calendar Adjustments for May

Please see previous email communications regarding some changes in our schedule for several school days in May.



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