Mrs. Durbin’s Musings
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I will say rejoice.” (Philippians 4:4) What an incredible first week of the school year. I am truly rejoicing in the smooth transition students have made from the casualness of summer to the orderliness of school. You parents prepared your children well to don their uniforms, gather supplies, and arrive in a timely manner. Teachers have worked diligently to assure that procedures are taught and abided by from their first moments with students. Congratulations to all of you who have contributed so well to help Auburn Classical Academy begin the year joyfully!
One of our ACA dads, Robert Griffith, has spearheaded our playground renovation and hard court creation. He led the teachers in a planning project to determine most effective structures, plotted the necessary alterations in soil levels, created lists of supplies, led volunteers in work days, and completed the final construction on the afternoon of our Orientation last week. Also, Mr. Cunningham spent many hours gathering materials and laboring with Mr. Griffith and many of you to have a safe, attractive play area for our students. To Mr. Griffith, Mr. Cunningham, and those of you who have contributed to this project, thank you! While children have enjoyed using the playground and court this first week of school, we do have several additional elements to the playground project that require our attention, and we need your help to complete them.
1-Install a gate to limit access to the water drainage area
2-Cover and secure the evaporation pond with a water permeable panel
3-Install an outdoor chalkboard on the playground
4-Apply stain to the play set.
How can you help? Come be a part of an ACA Playground Work Day from 8:00 a.m. until noon on Saturday, August 19. We need folks of every skill level to complete these tasks; no skill (or lack of skill) is too limiting. We will find a task for every hand — men, women, boys, and girls. The best part of these work days is getting to know other families in our school! (More information will follow in next week’s Column.) Put this event on your calendar, and contact Mrs. Durbin (email@example.com) to let her know you plan to be a part of the day!
Fall Semester Extracurricular Activities
GOLF: Ricky Smallridge, Auburn University Club, is once again offering golf instruction for first through 5th grade ACA students. There is a minimum sign up requirement of 10 students for this class to meet. Golf will be on Friday mornings beginning September 8th through November 3 at 8:30 am until 9:30 am. Instruction will not be held October 20th. Purchasing a set of clubs is not necessary, AUC has the equipment needed. Cost:$100. Please contact Steffani at firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Registration deadline is Thursday, August 31st.
Tennis: Travis and Alicia DeBardelaben, Marriott Grand National tennis courts, are offering tennis instruction for ACA students. Instruction is split into two age groups, under 8 years old and 8 through 10 years old. Tennis will be offered on Friday mornings, beginning September 1st, from 11:00 am until noon. Cost: TBD (past average $32 per month). Please contact Paula Deist to register. Her email address is listed in your Family Directory. Deadline for registration is Thursday, August 24th.
Sewing: Mrs. Lombardo is offering sewing instruction for second through seventh grade students. Sewing is offered on campus Thursday afternoons from 2:20 until 4:15, beginning September 7th through October 5th ( Block A) and again October 12th through November 16th (Block B). Cost per Block: $175. Contact Jennie Lombardo to register. Her email address is listed in your Family Directory. Deadline for registration is Friday, September 1st.
Art: Mrs. Goodenough is offering two art classes on campus this fall. “I Can Make Masks” will meet on Wednesday afternoons beginning August 23rd from 2:30 until 3:45. This class is for first through seventh grade ACA students and has a maximum enrollment of 10 students. Cost: $82.50. “Learning to Use Watercolor” will meet on Thursday afternoons beginning August 24th from 2:30 until 3:45. This class is for second through seventh grade ACA students and has a maximum enrollment of 8 students. Cost: $120. Contact Jennie Goodenough to register. Her email address is listed in your Family Directory. Deadline for registration is Thursday, August 17th.
Now through Tuesday, October 17th ACA will be having a Box Tops class competition. The class that submits the greatest number of box tops will celebrate with a Popsicle party!
Lunch orders are due to the ACA office no later than Thursday, August 17th.