The Classical School Blog, Week of October 27th


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

Individually we are one drop, but together we are an ocean. Teamwork is critical to the success of any program, and especially in a school. I am so humbled and proud of the teams I have the honor of walking beside and serving every day at TFA’s Preschool, TCS, and The First Hope. Recently, a new member has been added to our team. Derrick Skelton, the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Orlando, has truly united with each TEEP program to provide support and additional resources for our programs. He is partnering with the Preschool and TCS for upcoming chapels, ensured Preschool signage is present in the E2 building, and has provided strong collaboration and vision during the E2 restoration for our programs. We are so grateful for his continued partnership and leadership with TEEP.


A Message from Joe Fana,  Principal of The Classical School

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”  John 15:12-13


These are difficult times in Haiti.  Enduring years of devastation from natural disasters, where over three quarters of the population lives in poverty, Haiti continues to struggle with the basic needs for survival.  On October 4, Hurricane Matthew left a wake of destruction, including the loss of over 1,000 lives.  What can we do to help during this arduous time?


For the past several years, TCS has supported New Missions and their Shoebox Drive campaign.  We will continue this tradition, with hearts filled with Christ’s love for our brothers and sisters in Haiti.  Please consider assembling a box gift for a child in Haiti.  A printable packing list can be found at  We will be collecting the boxes in our office until Wednesday, November 9.

Photo of Haiti children (with New Missions) receiving Christmas shoeboxes.



Geography Fair

Here are more photos from the Geography Fair last week. Students did a great job on these projects!

First Hope student, Daniel, with his Geography Fair project.                  Kindergarten students display their projects for the Geography Fair.


Middle School English

Last week, middle school students in Mrs. Crawford’s English classes presented biographical information on Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of The Yearling.


Middle school students present biographical information on Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of The Yearling.         Middle school students present biographical information on Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of The Yearling.




This week’s student spotlight is on Maddie Mae. Maddie Mae is a current 10th grader, but she started at TCS in the 3rd grade. Her parents chose TCS because they travel almost every week, so TCS fit more with the schedule they needed. The schedule flexibility has been a huge benefit to their family because Maddie Mae and her parents produce and perform Christmas concerts in Michigan and Ohio, and they have a sister choir in St. Louis, Missouri. These concerts typically happen once a week, and this year they are celebrating their 44th Anniversary! Maddie Mae’s mother has a Performing Arts Academy in each of these three locations, and Maddie Mae is proud to be a teacher at all of them. Maddie Mae also participates in dance several days a week here in Orlando, and helps teach a class to younger dancers. She is a member of the newly formed 33 Photography Club here at TCS and is part of the TCS yearbook staff. In her spare time, she enjoys keeping up with a blog, where she writes about her travels, what happens in school, and includes various jokes, along with some of her photography.

Teachers who have made an impact on her in her recent school years are Mrs. Crawford and Mrs. Tower, both who are helpful and make class interesting. To Maddie Mae, being a student at TCS means that she can attend a Christian school with a flexible schedule but still get a great education. Her favorite Bible verses are in Ephesians 6:10-18, where Paul talks about the importance of putting on the full armor of God. We are so thankful to have Maddie Mae apart of the TCS family!


TCS high school student Maddie Mae performs frequently at shows with her parents.




Red, White & Blue Day

In recognition of the upcoming election day, November 8th, we will be inviting students to wear ‘red, white, & blue’ and anything patriotic in honor of ‘God Bless America Day’. Jeans are allowed on this day. Please see upcoming communications for more info on this.

8th Grade Parent Meeting

On November 10th we will have a meeting for all parents of current 8th grade students. We will be discussing high school courses, graduation requirements, and preparing for college. This will be held in the E-2 building at 2 p.m. Please bring any questions with you that you might have!



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!

Thanksgiving Feast

Our annual Thanksgiving Family Feast will be held on November 17 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. It is a is a time for all TCS & TFH families gather together for a Thanksgiving lunch and give thanks for the blessings we have been given. During the event families will enjoy two performances: one from students in grades K-5 (TCS & TFH Inclusion program) and one from the students in TFH Transitions+ Secondary program.

Anyone who would like to attend (including the student) must purchase a ticket. Your ticket includes a plated lunch and entry into the program. Tickets can be purchased using the FormStack by clicking here . Each ticket is $14.00 per person. The deadline to purchase tickets for the feast is Monday, November 7th.


Art at the Thanksgiving Feast

All students in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade who are currently taking an art class at TCS will have a special piece on display at the feast. Be on the lookout for your student’s artwork!

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