ACA Column: February 23, 2017

By February 23, 2017ACA Column, Announcements

Mrs. Durbin’s Musings

Musing: A mile wide or a mile deep?

Studying literature, from the classical perspective, is akin to deep sea diving rather than snorkeling. Books are chosen for their enduring quality and their timeless messages. You may have noticed that we at ACA are not interested in reading a great number of simplistic books. Rather we want students to learn to appreciate the elements of good literature by reading a select few books in a meaningful way. Thus, we go “deeper.”

We employ study guides that direct students to define in context unfamiliar vocabulary. The guides offer comprehension questions which may be answered orally or in written form, depending upon the direction of the teacher. When written, students are directed to use thoughtful and thorough complete sentences (using cursive penmanship). Specific quotations highlighted by the study guide authors provide teachers with excellent points of discussion. Finally, studying good literature from a classical perspective involves enrichment activities that help students consider elements related to the work. For example, students who read Johnny Tremaine, may also study the American Revolution or poetry written by writers of the time period or “loyalty” as a character quality. In short, studying literature from the classical perspective ensures that students have a rich, enduring experience with books that is sure to last a lifetime.

Krispy Kreme FUNdraiser

This afternoon your children came home with a Krispy Kreme FUNdraiser order form. Students have an entire month to sell Krispy Kreme Value Cards or Certificates to benefit our PLAYGROUND FUND! Order forms and payments are due to the ACA office no later than Thursday, March 23rd.  Contact Mrs. Bryant,,  if you need additional order forms.

Surge Trampoline Park Spirit Night

Join us Tuesday, February 28th between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm at Surge Trampoline Park for ACA Spirit Night! Visit for park details. Avoid the lines and speed up check-in by completing your liability waiver before you arrive. All jumpers must have a completed waiver prior purchasing tickets and jumping. A parent or legal guardian must complete the waiver for jumpers under the age of 18.

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 collected donations through Thursday, March 9th.  Were each student to donate, 67 children in foster care in Lee County will benefit from your generosity! Visit to learn more about BigHouse.



TONIGHT – Open House, 6pm until 8pm

March 7th – Open House, 8 am until 11 am

March 13th-16th – Spring Break

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