The Classical School Blog, Week of December 15th


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

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! A time of love, joy, and traditions. One family tradition celebrated in my home was watching Charlie Brown’s Christmas on Christmas Eve. I find that in the hustle, bustle of the holiday season, Linus’s scripture reading from Luke 2 anchors me to the true ‘meaning of the season’. I share it with all of you, our TEEP families, as a reminder of the Nativity of Christmas.


Charlie BrownIsn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?!


Linus: Sure Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about. Lights please?


“And there were in the same country Shepards abiding in

the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the

angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone

round about them, and they were sore afraid. And the angel said

unto them, ‘fear not, for behold, I bring you tidings of great

joy which will be to all people. For unto you is born this day in

the city of David a savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this

shall be a sign unto you. Ye shall find the babe wrapped in

swaddling clothes lying in the manger.’ And suddenly, there was

with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and

saying, ‘glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good

will toward men.’”

That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.



A Message from Joe Fana,  Principal of The Classical School

As we continue to explore the meaning of Advent, we are examining the symbolism behind each candle that is lit in many Christian Churches around the world.  The third and fourth candles represent important figures in the Christmas story.  The third candle represents the shepherds – the ones who received the good news of the coming of the Jesus.  Shepherds have played an import part in the Bible – remember that King David, Abraham and Jacob were all Shepherds at one time.  Because of such good news announced to the shepherds, this candle is sometimes referred to as the joy candle.  The fourth candle, the candle of peace, represents the Angels – the ones who announced the good news to the shepherds.

This Christmas, may you find joy and peace in the good news of Christ’s birth.



Geometry Classes

Mrs. Tower’s Geometry classes did a “Dozen Review”. They worked 12 review problems posted all around the room, and then they finished with dozen(s) of doughnuts as a treat. This is something they do prior to each end of chapter test. Yum!



TCS Geometry students work on a class project.     TCS Geometry students work on a class project.


Orlando Ballet

TCS 11th grader, Nicole P.,  danced in the Orlando Ballet Nutcracker, which had several performances last week at the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center. Nicole danced the parts of a Spanish girl and also a mouse from the battle scene. Congratulations Nicole!

TCS student Nicole danced the part of a Spanish girl at the Orlando Ballet Nutcracker performances.         Nicole dressed as a mouse for the Nutcracker performance.


Josiah L.

This week’s spotlight is on Josiah,  who is a Junior in his first year at TCS. Josiah first came to the United States at age 11 and was homeschooled until this school year. He and his parents wanted more of a school setting, which brought him to TCS. Josiah is involved in several extra-curricular activities, both at school and beyond. He is playing JV and now Varsity Soccer, where he plays the position of goal-keeper. Josiah is also an accomplished musician, playing the cello with the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra, and he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout with Boy Scouts. Photography is another activity that Josiah enjoys in his free time, and he has even won ribbons at the Central Florida Fair for past photography!

Josiah has been able to meet new friends while here at TCS and gain independence in his schoolwork. While he is enjoying all of his teachers, he has especially liked Mrs. Talley, and appreciates her kind and compassionate heart. One of his favorite verses is: “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).

Josiah is pictured below (far left) with his brothers. We are so thankful to have Josiah join us at TCS this year!

Photo of TCS student Josiah,pictured with his brother.



Re-enrollment Begins!

Re-enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year officially opens on Monday, January 9th. We are excited to offer a reduced payment during the first week of re-enrollment! If students re-enroll January 9-January 16, the payment will be reduced to $100 (Preschool), $200 (TCS), and $400 (The First Hope). After that time, the payment will be $125 (Preschool), $400 (TCS), and $500 (The First Hope) per student. Directions for re-enrollment and payment will be sent to the email address on file after the holidays.

Please use all resources available to take advantage of the discount during the first week! Grade and age level positions are not held until we have received submission of both re-enrollment contract and payment.


We are looking forward to the new school year!




TCS and TFH Parent Volunteer Sign Up

Parents: Please click here to see how you can volunteer around TCS and TFH. We are so thankful for our parent volunteers and appreciate any help you can provide!

High School Volunteer Hours

High School students need 75 or 100 hours to qualify for Bright Futures scholarships, depending on which type of scholarship the student qualifies for. Students should go here to print the form. Please do not submit the online form, as this will go to TFA Upper School. Please print the PDF version and then turn in to Mrs. Mayberry.

College Acceptance

Seniors: Please remember to keep Mrs. Mayberry updated with your college acceptances via email. We want to celebrate with you!

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