The Classical School Blog, Week of February 23rd


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

TFH Logo

An anchor was designated as the new logo and symbol for The First Hope for its representation of ‘hope anchoring the soul’ from the book of Hebrews. This upcoming Saturday, February 25th from 8am-12pm, The First Hope will be hosting its first annual ‘Hope Conference’ to provide ‘anchors of hope’ to parents, educators, and community members in providing special needs resources. We would love to welcome all parents of students of all abilities to join our conference. Below is the link for vendor and registration information. Anchors away! We hope to see you there!

Click here for more info.


A Message from Joe Fana,  Principal of The Classical School

Whether it is shuttling children to and from school or after school extracurricular activities, your time with your family is precious.  Quality family time is worth every second – take advantage of it!  Look for those opportunities to talk with your children about their day at school, asking them about their ‘highs and lows’.  Give them your undivided attention and the same of them.  Never accept the one-word answers, but dig deeper.  This will not only allow for your to know more about your child’s day, but will give your child the opportunity to feel valued and heard.  Remember that the time we have with our children is limited – make the best of those treasured moments by putting down the electronic devices and connecting with one another.



Danielle Drummond

Danielle has been around TCS for quite awhile! She first started here in the 2nd grade, when the program was originally called TFA Homeschool. Her parents wanted her to have a more personalized education with a strong Christian presence. They felt she wold truly flourish in more of a homeschool type situation. Danielle stays quite busy, involved in various activities, both here at TCS and outside of the school. At TFA, she has been on the volleyball team, the swim team, and most recently, the Cheer Squad, and also helped backstage on some TFA productions.  She has helped with SGA as well.  Outside of school, she has started 2 non-profits in the Bahamas which she is very proud of and still works with both today.  Another project she is currently working on is the Girl Scout Gold project, which is teaching “Seasoned” citizens how to work their I-devices.  Danielle was awarded the Disney Dreamer and Doer award and has been recognized by the Police in the Bahamas, as well as in the local paper several times.

Danielle has been applied and been accepted to several colleges, including Indiana University, Highpoint University, and Samford. She has also received scholarship offers from almost all of the colleges that she has been accepted to. A few majors that interest Danielle are Interior Design, Entrepreneurism, Community Service, and Special Education.  Several teachers have impacted Danielle here at TCS, including Mrs. Tower (because she is so warm, compassionate, and understanding), Mrs. Crawford (because of her enthusiasm and excitement about every little thing), Mrs. Shipley (because she makes learning fun and interactive), and Mrs. Mayberry (because she is understanding and give wonderful advice!). Danielle credits TCS for teaching her to be an independent learner, to be disciplined, and to make the best use of her time, and she feels the 2-day school situation has given her an advantage as she heads to college, because has already learned skills a lot of students don’t yet have, due to the structure of their traditional school. Danielle sums up her time at TCS with this statement: “Being a student at TCS gave me the chance to be my own person, progress at my own pace, and develop confidence within a Christian environment.”

TCS Senior Danielle D.




ACSI Spelling Bee

The following students participated in the ACSI Spelling Bee: Kiley G., Travis F., Emily P., Caleb O., Kristina D., Mia R. and Nicholas R.  A shoutout to Kristina for coming in 3rd place for 7th grade students and Nicholas  for coming in 1st place for 8th grade!  Congratulations to all students who participated!

TCS students participate in ACSI Spelling Bee. TCS students place in ACSI spelling bee.


Spiritual Formation Class

In Miss Crosby’s Spiritual Formation class, the high school students did a prayer station walkthrough in applying the spiritual discipline of Prayer.

Students in Spiritual Formation class have a prayer walk-through. Students in Spiritual Formation class have a prayer walk-through. Students in Spiritual Formation class have a prayer walk-through.              Students in Spiritual Formation class have a prayer walk-through.


Field Trip: Z88.3

Safe for the Little Ears…. yes, that’s right!  TCS families had an opportunity to meet Ellis and Tyler and tour the z88.3 radio station on February 15th.  Don’t miss your chance to sign-up for the next one since there was a Waiting List for this local celebrity field trip.


TCS students take a field trip to Z88.3



TFA Yearbook Purchase

Keep your eye out later this spring for info on purchasing the TCS yearbook. It will be a smaller yearbook dedicated entirely to the TCS students and will be on sale for a reasonable price. The info below is for the larger TFA yearbook, which includes all divisions of TFA.

The school year is flying by and the Legacy Yearbook staff wants to make sure you have something to remember it by. If you’re interested in ordering a TFA yearbook, the deadline is February 28. To purchase a yearbook online, visit and type The First Academy in the box labeled Get Started Now. Otherwise, turn in the attached order form along with a check made payable to The First Academy. Yearbooks cost $85 without any customization. You can not order a personalized yearbook after Feb. 28. Our yearbooks will sell out this year, so to ensure your child’s memories, be sure to order a book by February 28. After the 28th, the price will go up and there will be a limited quantity available.


Library Closure

The library will be closed for WrAP testing from 7:30 AM – 11:00 a.m. on Thursday March 2nd and Friday, March 3rd. Thank you for your understanding.



Cold Weather School Attire

As a reminder, in cases of extremely cold weather, TCS will send out an email letting students and parents know that students may wear jeans. Please don’t assume that we will have alternative wear unless you receive an email from us.


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.

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