2017-18 Registration is Open for ACA Families!
Mrs. Durbin’s Musings
Registration opens for new families this coming Monday, February 13, and we have our first ACA Open House scheduled for Wednesday of next week. While many families investigate our school due to our Christian emphasis, others are simply interested in having their children attend because of our small student-teacher ratio. Many of you may have discovered our school due to those factors. However, it is our classical methodology that ultimately contributes to the academic success of our students. So, what exactly is classical methodology?
Classical methodology considers children’s natural developmental stages as the primary determinant of education. Students first learn fundamental information (Grammar Stage, approximately grades k-5), followed by the art of thinking logically (Logic Stage, approximately grades 6-8), and then the art of effectively communicating (Rhetoric Stage, approximately grades 9-12). I like to think about the classical model of education in terms of toys familiar to many of us…Legos. During the Grammar Stage of learning, students collect and identify their Lego pieces by color, size, weight, or number of connective nodules. During the Logic Stage of learning, students begin to manipulate their “Legos” and bring them into meaningful relationship with each other. They determine proper processes that work consistently in those relationships. During the Rhetoric Stage, students take the various pieces along with the understanding of proper relationship between the pieces, and they postulate and communicate solutions to problems. In terms of “Legos” students in the Rhetoric Stage would build elaborate structures that address problems or meet specific needs.
The next time you find yourself searching for an answer to the question, “What is classical education?” I hope you will remember three words: grammar, logic, rhetoric. They are the core descriptors of classical methodology. Over the next several weeks I will present more information to help you better understand the philosophy of ACA so that you can be confident in your knowledge of our school. Understanding the “why” (philosophy) may help you better understand the “what” (details of lessons and assignments).
Share your Heart
ACA seventh grade students are coordinating a donation drive for the Lee County Humane Society. Donations will be accepted through Monday, February 13th. LCHS lists as their most immediate needs: blankets, towels, Pine sol, laundry detergent, bleach, Sharpie markers, highlighters, 39-gallon trash bags, 13-gallon trash bags and dishwasher pods. Of course, there is always a need for dog and cat food. Donations collected will be delivered to LCHS on Tuesday, February 14th. Visit https://leecountyhumane.org/ to learn more about Lee County Humane Society.
National Make a Blanket Day is next Saturday, February 18th. Join other volunteers at Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 2123 Hamilton Road, Auburn between 9 am and 6 pm. Bring your materials and make a blanket alongside other volunteers or drop a blanket off. Childcare is not provided. However, children 8 years old and up are invited to participate. Volunteers, known as “blanketeers,” provide new, handmade, washable blankets to be given as gifts to seriously ill and traumatized children in Lee County and Columbus, Georgia, ages 0-18. It is Project Linus’ policy to accept blankets of all sizes, depending on local chapter needs. All blanket styles are welcome, including quilts, tied comforters, fleece blankets, crocheted or knitted afghans, and receiving blankets in child-friendly colors. Blankets must be homemade, washable, free of pins, and come from smoke-free environments due to allergy reasons. In addition to drop off location for blankets, they will also be accepting donations of fabric, yarn, and funds. Register at https://www.facebook.com/events/962873770495854/ . Visit http://www.projectlinus.org/ to learn more about Project Linus.
BigHouse Swimsuit & Towel Drive
Since 2009, BigHouse has hosted a Swimsuit and Towel Drive to collect new swimsuits and new towels for children in foster care. They have each towel embroidered with the child’s name to make the gift extra special and uniquely their own. ACA will be collecting donations through Thursday, March 9th. Were each student to donate, 67 children in foster care in Lee County will benefit from your generosity! Visit http://www.ourbighouse.org/ to learn more about BigHouse.
Box Tops Competition
Send in your Box Tops between Monday, January 30th and Thursday, February 23rd. Let’s double what was collected in the Fall ($183.80) so that the entire school can celebrate with popsicles!
With spring around the corner, would you like an additional ACA t-shirt? This is your last chance to order an ACA t-shirt or sweatshirt this year! Order forms and payment to the ACA Office by Thursday, February 23rd.
Order forms and payment are due to the ACA office no later than Thursday, February 16th.