The Classical School Blog,Week of November 10th


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

“Seven more weekends until Christmas.” This reminder brings out both excitement and angst. As I try whole heartedly to focus on the “reason for the season”, I cannot ignore my ever-growing holiday to-do list. Family pictures for Christmas Cards, gift shopping, house decorating, find where I packed the Elf on the Shelf, then hide him again…it could last me until July! I want to send out some encouraging words that I recently read that have helped me to focus on the Lord our Savior, rather than the endless holiday list.

  • Be grateful- this is the time of year to think of all the blessings you and your family have all year round. We all have so much to be grateful for if we take the time to look.
  • Be generous- this does not have to be a monetary gift. It can be a generosity of patience and love during the holiday season.
  • Give the gift of time- it can be as simple as assisting your child’s teacher with holiday prep or as big as serving a holiday meal to a family in need.
January 2017 will be here before you know it- take time to enjoy and give during this holiday season.

A Message from Joe Fana,  Principal of The Classical School

A lot has happened since 1908.

  • The United States has fought in two World Wars
  • Radio and TV was invented
  • 11 Amendments were added to the Constitution
  • Haley’s Comet passed by Earth twice
  • Man landed on the moon
  • The Cubs have played over 14,153 games

Something that had not happened in 108 years, until 12:47 AM on November 3, 2016, is that the Cubs won the World Series.  I have been a Cubs fan for my entire life and came to acknowledge the fact that we were “lovable losers”.  One concept that the 108 years of losing taught me was perseverance; however, nothing compares to the perseverance of Joseph in the Old Testament.

Joseph endured an evil plot by his brothers to banish him from the family, Potiphar’s house, and prison.  Joseph never gave up.  More than that, he never lost faith in God’s divine plan for his life.  Galatians 9:12 reminds us to “not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”  If you find yourself in a situation where you want to give up, don’t.  For it is said that “if you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”  John 15:7



Box Tops Winner

Mrs. Morrill’s 3rd grade class won a pizza and ice cream party for bringing in the most box tops! Great job guys!

TCS class that won a pizza parity for bringing in the most Box tops.


Did you know that we have an entrepreneur among us? This week’s student spotlight is on Nicole S., a student who has her own business. Nicole started at TFA as a Kindergartener and transferred over to TCS this school year. Her parents chose TCS so that they would have more family time, and also so that Nicole would have more time to focus on her business, Nicole’s Lil Things. The flexible schedule has enabled her to spend more time with art and also on her website, which means her day-to-day schedule has changed significantly this year! Nicole has enjoyed getting to know the TCS teachers, all while meeting new students here at TCS. In addition to her business, Nicole loves art and has won awards for visual arts at TFA the last several years. Nicole’s favorite verse is Joshua 1:9, “Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

If you would like to do some holiday shopping from Nicole’s website, please see her for the link. She has some fun and cute charms and other items available (see the photo below). We are so blessed to have Nicole and her sister at TCS this year!

TCS student, Nicole, is our student spotlight.                  Nicole's charms that she sells on a website.



Field Trip

Who knew getting lost could be so much fun?!  Over 30 elementary through high school students met for an adventure in the corn maze, hay ride farm tour, a super slide and more at Long & Scott Farms on 10/28 in Mount Dora.

TCS students took a field trip to a corn maze.


4th Grade

The 4th grade students had fun creating robots in class!

Fourth grade students create robots in class.     Fourth grade students create robots in class.



Pumpkin time! The Kindergarten students learned all about pumpkins by exploring both the outside and inside of pumpkins. What a fun mess!


Kindergarten students check out the insides of pumpkins.       Kindergarten students check out the insides of pumpkins.



RightNow Media

We’re excited to share that our school now has access to an extensive video library called RightNow Media.  It’s the “Netflix of Video Bible Studies” and has a HUGE library of faith-based videos that you can access whenever and wherever you want—on your phone, iPad, computer, or at home on your TV.

The best part is that every TFA family can access this service for FREE!  If you haven’t already received your invitation to register please let us know you’d like to get your FREE access by sending an email to

We hope that RightNow Media is a blessing to you and your family.  Check out the link below for a sample of the content.  Thank you for partnering with us!

Click here for the sample content.

No Shave November

This fun event is sponsored by the National Honor Society this month. During this time, high school gentleman may purchase a No Shave Wristband for $15 and let their beards grow all month and support local cancer research. Sponsors may join in the fun by sponsoring their favorite guy for $10. Rewards will be given for “Best Student Beard” and “Most Sponsored Beard”. The two winning students will be allowed to keep their beards for the rest of the semester! Wristbands and sponsorships are now on sale and may be purchased from Mrs. Mayberry.


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!

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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