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Column 05-02-19

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Grandparents’ Day Spring Showcase

Thank you to everyone who decorated, hosted, brought refreshments, and attended our Grandparents’ Day Spring Showcase last week! It truly was a time of celebration of the Lord’s faithfulness to ACA and all of our students’ accomplishments! This has been a sweet year and it is hard to believe that it is coming to a close and Summer is right around the corner.

We heard many of you wanted a copy of Paula Deist’s speech about cathedrals. You can find the link to it on our website!

http://www.auburnclassicalacademy.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/2019GrandparentsDay-Cathedrals20190430.pdf

Other Things to Note:

  • Information to Order the SchoolKidz School Supplies kits for next year went home today! These have to be ordered by May 17th. This is such an easy way to get the school supplies taken care of at once!
  • There will be an ACA work day on Saturday, June 22nd from 8-12. This will be a great way to serve our school and get cleaned up and ready for next year!
  • Next week, students can wear ACA t-shirts each day! Other than t-shirts, we expect ACA uniform otherwise. No jeans please!

Dennis Uniform Exchange

Our summer Uniform Exchange date will be Tuesday, May 14 from 9-12.  If you have any garments you would like to donate in advance, please bring them to school next week, by the last day of school – Thursday 5/9/19!

– Donate uniform items that you no longer need – please be sure they are in good used condition, and freshly laundered (no significant stains, tears, holes, etc…).
– In exchange for each item you donate, choose an item you need (based on availability)
– Don’t have items to donate, but would like to buy?  Suggested donation is $1 per item (all proceeds go to ACA).

Our Graduates

We would like to recognize our 8th Grade Graduates! They are Charlie Deist, Tanner Wages, Tori Cannon, and Lillee Lombardo. We are so proud of them and excited to see what the Lord has planned for their futures. They have been great leaders for our school and we know they will do the same where the Lord has them in school next. 

SHHH… IT’S A SECRET!

We are planning a big field day for the entire school Wednesday afternoon, May 8th. This will begin right after lunch and go to the end of the day. Please make sure your kids are in an ACA t-shirt and good tennis shoes that day! This is a SURPRISE, so please don’t mention this to your kids!! We are SO excited! 

Follow Us!

Be sure to check out and follow our NEW social media accounts on Instagram and Twitter! Share these with your friends. You can find us @AuburnClassical on both platforms!

Column 02-28-19

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Prayer Partner Dates

Mrs. Richburg and I have been so blessed to pray with Mrs. Trudi Farkas several times this semester.  We are specifically praying for students, teachers, and families in our school.  We have placed a box on the piano in the Assembly room for requests that folks can drop in anonymously.  I invite you to join our little “band” from 8:30 until 9:30 on the following Thursday mornings:  March 7, 21, April 4, 18 and May 2.

Morningside Assisted Living Visit

Older folks in our area need to see bright, young faces.  They are often isolated from folks other than those with the same failing eyesight and achy joints.  Children need to learn to honor and care for the elderly.  They are sometimes afraid of older people because they are not exposed to a slower pace, graying hair, and wrinkled skin.  Many of you have ample opportunity to provide for your older family members and children to know and appreciate one another.  However, for those of you who do not, a visit to a facility such is a great way to facilitate these “spring/winter” relationships. 

Several of you brought your children and other family members to Morningside of Auburn this past Friday.  We sang some of our Assembly/Chapel hymns and then passed out handmade cards from  students.  (Most of the students in the school responded to my request for them to create cards of encouragement on Thursday.)  Parents then decided that gathering at Chappie’s Deli would be a great way to continue our time together.  A good time was had by all!  Mark your calendars for Friday, March 29, 10:00 a.m.  We are planning a return visit!  Watch for more information.

Thank You Parents!!

We wanted to thank you for all of your help in getting the word out about our Open Houses. They were very successful in bringing new families in and sharing about our school. Thank you for sharing invitations, posting on Facebook, sticking signs in your yard, and hosting at the events. We are excited for what the Lord has in store for our school and the new families He will bring. If you know of families that weren’t able to come to one of our Open Houses, but are interested in ACA, have them call the office to set up an appointment to visit!

Barberitos

Beginning in April, we are welcoming Barberitos to our lunch menu!! Barberitos will replace Burger Fi on Thursday for lunches. We are very excited about this partnership and they are super excited to work with us to provide lunches for our school. They will provide lunch options like quesadillas, burritos, tacos, salsa, queso, and guacamole. Be sure to purchase lunch orders for April by March 15th at http://www.mymealorder.com! If you want to go to Barberitos, you can find them in the shopping center on Opelika Road in front of the Mall. 

Bumper Books

This week we had local author, Maggie Cooper, speak at Chapel. She read her book Bumper to our school and talked about the overall lesson of it, that it is more important to look at the heart of others rather than the outward appearance. This is a lesson we all should learn! 

Maggie has offered to sign books for anyone that would like to purchase one. The books are $15 and the money can be turned into the front office. We would love to support her in this way as this is a great book to read to your children! Please let Mrs. Richburg know by responding to this email if you would like to purchase one!

Reminders

Column 02-21-19

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Open House

Our first Open House events took place this past Tuesday.  It was an especially nice opportunity to meet new families who are interested in joining the ACA family.  Thank you to parents who gave up a morning or an evening to greet guests and help them feel welcome – Dannah Adams, Tina Darden, Anna Miller, BJ England, Kristen O’Brien, Iulia Pittman.  Thank you, teachers, for welcoming guests, answering questions, and sharing curriculum information with families. 

Our second Open House is scheduled for this coming Wednesday, February 27, 8:00-11:00 a.m. Please continue to share our flyer on social media and to invite potential students and their families to attend.  Stress also that we will schedule individual/family tours and information sessions when that is preferable.  Interested parties should telephone the ACA office at 334.821.7062 or email us at information.aca@gmail.com.

2019-2020 Enrollment Documents

Thank you to those of you who have completed your enrollment contracts for next year.  For those of you who have not done so and you need another copy of the paperwork distributed at the State of the School meeting, please let Mrs. Richburg or Mrs. Durbin know.  We will email you another copy.  Enrollment is now open to all eligible students/families!

We Have a New Sign!!

Most of you have probably noticed our wonderful new sign on the road! We are so excited to have our name out front so people can see where we are. A HUGE thanks to BJ England for all of his hard work in getting our sign up! 

Morningside Service Project

Don’t forget about our service project tomorrow at Morningside of Auburn (871 Twin Forks Ave)! We will be meeting at 10:00 to sing and encourage the residents there. We would love for as many students as possible to attend. Please wear your ACA t-shirt and skirts or khaki shorts/pants. After our visit, we will head over to Bruster’s for an ice cream treat!

Column 01-25-19

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Hello ACA families,

We have had a good week here at Auburn Classical Academy.  The teachers are well prepared, the students are diligent, and the weather has been manageable (or rather our response to it has been manageable).  Next Thursday, January 31, is the scheduled date for our annual State of the School meeting.  While you may be tempted to think of this meeting as simply another event that interferes with your regular schedule, I ask that you consider if from a different point of view.

We have much to celebrate as a school.  I am privileged to see and hear the culmination of the celebration because I am privy to the daily journey along with a larger vision from our Board of Governors.  The State of the School meeting is designed to bring to your attention some of the successes from the past 12 months but also to give you an overview of our direction forward.  Although you do not see the work on a regular basis, our Board members are working faithfully on several larger projects to improve our school, its visibility in the community, and its direction. 

Please make arrangements for your children to be cared for so that you can attend this annual meeting and you, too, can be aware of the many reasons we have to celebrate here at ACA. I look forward to seeing you here!

Blessings,

Robin Durbin

Interesting Article

Mr. Walden left a copy of an article in the Teacher Conference room.  “Christians Need Not Fear Scientific Inquiry” by R.C. Sproul addresses a common struggle many of us share.  Have a read!  https://www.ligonier.org/blog/christians-need-not-fear-scientific-inquiry/

Open Houses

Next week, we will send home invitations to our Open Houses for you to pass along to your friends and family! Please take the time to share our graphic on Instagram and Facebook about the Open Houses. You can scroll down to the bottom of this email and click on the Facebook logo to get the image or you can screenshot the image at this link:   https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3Afdf4520d-b8f0-4de4-a25e-460462f11bf3

Car Stickers for Pick-up

If your car sticker has fallen off and you need a replacement, please let Mrs. Richburg know and she will give you a replacement sticker at no charge. If you are in need of additional stickers for others who may be picking your child up, they will cost $1.00 each and Mrs. Richburg can get those to you. 

Reminders

  • Remember to continue bringing in Box Tops to raise money for our school! They can be turned into the office. 
  • Dennis Uniforms is having an online sale that ends on Sunday! If your kids are outgrowing their uniforms, this is a great time to take advantage of their sale! http://www.dennisuniform.com

01-10-19

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Happy New Year!

It’s been a great first week into the spring semester here at ACA. Students and teachers have jumped back into our routine as though there had been no Christmas break, and for that I am sincerely thankful. This semester we will be learning a passage of scripture from Philippians 1, verses 3 through 11. It begins, “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you.” My hope for us this semester is that we can truly inculcate a sense of thankfulness for all the elements of life God has given us, the good, and that which does not seem so good (at least in the present).
Why is the United States flag at ACA always flying? Even during times of national mourning? Even in rain?
We have a problem with our pulley at the top of our flag pole. In an effort to raise the flag with enthusiasm during the fall, we locked the pulley with the flag-holding attachment on the rope. Now, our flag is “stuck” at the top of the pole. We had hoped that it would dislodge itself through the blowing of the wind over the Christmas break, but it obviously has not. If any of you has access to a lift that would reach the top of our flag pole, we would appreciate your help in remedying this situation. (The pole is not sturdy enough to support someone on a ladder.)
Mark Your Calendar!
We do have some important dates coming up soon. The first is the annual State of the School meeting, scheduled Thursday, January 31, 6:00 p.m. At least one parent is required to be at the meeting to hear from the Board of Governors as to current and future planning for the school. The other dates are for our Open House times. They are February 19, 8:00-11:00 a.m., February 19, 5:00-7:00 p.m. and February 27, 8:00-11:00 p.m. Invitations with these dates and times will be available soon for you to share with friends and family members who may want to attend. Please post these invitations at any sites which will allow you to (dance studios, athletic event sites, church, restaurants, etc.) If you invite someone, please come with them and act as their host. Students, parents, and teachers will be available at every Open House to share with guests their own experiences at ACA. The future of our school depends greatly on the enrollment of new students and families. Help us be successful by getting the word out about our school. YOU are our greatest marketers!

Spelling Bee Winners!

This week, we hosted our school Spelling Bee! We love seeing our students show what they are learning in the classroom.
Our winners are:
1st Place- Hannah Pittman
2nd Place- Ella Miller
3rd Place- Charlie Deist

Camaraderie Award- Ella Miller
Poise Award- Henry Jordan
Best Enunciation- Darcy Trouse

Hannah will represent our school at the Lee County Spelling Bee on February 8th!

Afterschool Art Classes

These classes will be on Tuesday afternoons beginning January 22nd from 2:30-4:00 and will go for 5 weeks. This class will consist of “spring themed” painting on canvas. This is available for 1st grade and up and is $80. You can make checks payable to Smart at Art. Send money and registration form in to the office: https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3A54477de5-668b-4f5d-b27c-b5a44512a775

Reminders

• The Geography Bee will be Wednesday, January 16th at 8:30. This is for 4th grade and up.
• If you left dishes after the Advent program, we have them in the office and you can pick them up anytime!
• Don’t forget to order school lunches for February by the 15th!! http://www.mymealorder.com
• We are still in need of PE Volunteers for January. If you are interested sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084da4ac2fabf49-january1
• Please add the State of the School meeting on January 31st and our Open House dates on February 19th and 27th to your calendar!

11-29-18

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We can’t believe half the year is almost over! The Lord has been so faithful to our school this semester and we anticipate His continued faithfulness and kindness to us throughout the rest of the year.

One thing to let you know about is that the students will be able to wear their ACA tshirt and jeans everyday next week if they choose to. This is in an effort to keep their Chapel clothes clean for our Christmas program! Also, if you are interested in helping bring items for the reception after the program, please sign up here:   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c49abaa2ea3f49-auburn2

 

ACA Advent Celebration

We are looking forward to our Advent Christmas program as we celebrate the coming of Jesus and the hope and joy that brings! Our program is called “Looking to Christ in Christmas” and will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church on Thursday, December 6th at 6:00pm. Students need to be there at 5:30pm in Chapel attire. A reception will be held following the program. Come ready to worship our Savior!

 

Cadet and Midshipman Thank Yous!

We’ve received many letters and texts of gratitude from the Midshipman and Cadets that we sent care packages to! Many were surprised at the gesture and excited to get a package. We received a letter this week from Taylor Holland at the US Naval Academy that said, “This package arrived at a very worrisome time in my life. This week, my classmates and I received our service assignments. It was a very big day for us because it meant that we were finally going to find out our jobs in the Navy and/or Marine Corps. We had been working towards that day for close to four years now, so you all can imagine the angst surrounding it. Thankfully, I wound up being accepted into the Navy Pilot community. This assignment has been a dream for me, ever since I arrived at the Academy in 2015. I was very nervous leading up to this day; however I could not have gotten through it without the kind letters that I received from the students at Auburn Classical Academy.” Thank you, families, for being a part of this!

 

House System

We are wrapping up our first semester of the House System! This has certainly been a growing experience for our school and we are excited for the future to come with it. During the House meetings today, your students filled out a questionnaire about how the House System is going and ways to improve it. We’d love to hear the same from you, the parents! Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey below and give us feedback on your thoughts regarding the House System. Your feedback is confidential.

https://goo.gl/forms/CYxjcOQU9Obfw4jF3

 

Promoting Linguistic Diversity

Today, Thursday, November 29 from 5:30-7:30pm, there is an event at the Auburn Public Library to promote linguistic diversity. Auburn University students have created large posters representing 27 different languages. The students will be standing by their posters helping explain different aspects of each language. There will be refreshments, music, and giveaways. If you are interested, check out the poster for this event: https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3Addd2cb0c-23b7-4b51-a3c6-af99ff10c2d2

 

Reminders

  • November Reading Logs are due in the office next week! Continue encouraging your child to spend time reading each day!
  • January lunch orders are due Dec. 15th!
  • Coming home today are Christmas Card orders and Picture orders!

11-15-18

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It’s that time of year!

Advent approaches.  It’s the season when we look forward and prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior.  At ACA that means we are singing and memorizing and practicing music and scripture which points us to that anniversary.  Please be sure to note on your family calendar our schoolwide Advent & Christmas celebration — Thursday, December 6:00 p.m.  Covenant Presbyterian Church, 445 Shelton Mill Road, Auburn, has once again graciously agreed for us to hold our celebration there.  Students will need to be in their seats on the stage in the church building at 5:30 p.m.  They will wear their Chapel uniforms.

We will have a reception afterwards in the Covenant fellowship hall.  Someone will be getting in touch with you regarding how you may volunteer for set up, decorating, clean up and food.  Please contribute as you are able.

If you know that your student has a conflict and will not be a part of the Celebration, please notify me by email (robingdurbin.aca@gmail.com) as soon as possible.

One other important detail …dismissal time on Thursday, December 6, is noon!  Hopefully that gives students some “down time” between school and our program.  ALSO, this is a great event to invite friends who may be curious about our school.  Please be proactive in helping us recruit more families like yours to be a part of ACA.

By the way, as I get ready for family and our Thanksgiving celebration next week, I will be thanking God for you.  I love being a part of our school family, and I am truly thankful for every…single…one…of…you!

Blessings,

Robin Durbin

Amazon Smile

As you are doing holiday ordering, don’t forget to choose Auburn Classical Academy as your supporting organization on Amazon Smile, which benefits ACA! There is a link to it on our website under the “Support Us” tab that will take you directly to it.If you are not already connected to it, go to http://smile.amazon.com and search for “Auburn Classical Academy” as your supporting organization!

Scrip Giftcards

Scrip is a fundraising program we do for our school where you can order giftcards and make money for ACA! If you know you will be giving giftcards this Christmas, consider ordering them through Scrip! Paula Deist will be making a big order on 11/29 if you would like to contact her to add in your order (paulakod@gmail.com). If you already have a Scrip account, you can place your orders online.

Promoting Linguistic Diversity

On Thursday, November 29 from 5:30-7:30pm, there will be an event at the Auburn Public Library to promote linguistic diversity. Auburn University students have created large posters representing 27 different languages. The students will be standing by their posters helping explain different aspects of each language. There will be refreshments, music, and little giveaways with different languages on them. If you are interested, check out the poster for this event: https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3Addd2cb0c-23b7-4b51-a3c6-af99ff10c2d2

Reminders

  • Today is the last day to order meals for the month of December!  http://www.mymealorder.com
  • We are out all next week for Thanksgiving break!

11-01-18

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Dinners for the Walker Family

Mrs. Walker, our Grammar School science teacher will be having her baby tomorrow! She said the biggest thing we could do to help would be to prepare meals for their family. If you would be interested in helping with this, click on the link! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0548a8a92da0fa7-meals

Linguistics Lessons

There will be 2 events on AU’s campus next week to with a speaker who will help us learn about linguistics. If you are interested, click on the link for more info! https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3A3136df01-7508-464c-8fb4-f854be4b2705

A Pumpkin Prayer

Lord, open my mind so I can learn new things about You.
Remove the things in my life that don’t please you.
Forgive the wrong things I do and help me to forgive others.
Open my eyes to see the beauty You’ve made in the world around me.
Help me to “sniff out” where you are working and join You there.
Let everything I say please you.
Lord, help me show your light to others through the things I do.
Amen.

Publix Partners

Help support ACA through Publix Partners! This is a great way to earn money for our school. To set up an account (if you don’t already have one), go to http://www.publix.com, select a school, then enter your phone number at the checkout!

Afterschool Fencing Classes

Next week will be the final class of the semester for fencing. We would love to do this again in the spring for those interested! We have heard nothing but great things from those that have been going and we wanted to let you know that anyone who joins the regular membership will receive a 10% discount. This could be good for those who are wanting to move along further in the sport. If anyone is interested, new or experienced, you can contact Ryan Delap with Auburn Fencing at administration@auburnfencing.com.

Reminders

• Don’t forget about the Veteran’s Day Service Project. Each class received a different person to create a care package for and the information came home on a flyer. Donations are due Nov. 8!
• December lunch orders need to be purchased by Nov. 15! www.mymealorder.com
• There are still a few spots left to be filled for November on the PE parent volunteer signup! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084da4ac2fabf49-november1

10/25/18

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Showcasing Students & their Artwork!

You and your students continue to be our best ambassadors for new family recruitment. Last year many of your students contributed artwork that was displayed over the past months at Zoe’s Kitchen in Auburn. In addition to providing an exceptional marketing opportunity for our school, you and your students raised almost $1,000! Thank you for joining us at the “Reveal” night and for encouraging your student to contribute pragmatically to our school. We look forward to our second annual Zoe’s Kitchen fundraiser this coming spring. Watch your Column for information when we return for the second semester in    January 2019.

Faculty Focus: Mrs. Robin Durbin- Head of School

1.Tell us about yourself. Family? Hometown? Pets?

I was born in Hendersonville, NC, but spent most of my growing up years in Sylvester, GA, a small farming community in southwest Georgia. We had a peanut field across the road from my house! I went to college at The University of Georgia and then moved to Auburn to be an instructor in the Consumer Affairs Department of Auburn University. My dad, a 1957 API graduate, was especially pleased that I moved to Auburn to “complete my education” (as he said). Here, I met my husband, Kim Durbin, who also worked at AU, and we married 11 months later. We had a wonderful family pet, BB, for 16 years, but she died this past summer. We are now grandparents of two grand-dogs and one grand-kitty, who belong to our daughter, Katie, and her husband, Sam, who live in Atlanta. We also have three sons. Gary is married to Ashleigh, and they live in Birmingham. Winston, who also lives in Birmingham, is engaged to Caroline, and Lawson is a junior at Auburn University.

2. How did you come to learn about ACA and decide to work here? 

When they were young, we felt directed by God to homeschool our children using the newly re-discovered “classical method” of education. As I determined that they needed several classes that I could not teach well, ACA was forming as a resource for parents like my husband and me. While Winston and Lawson took some classes, I was asked to consider teaching other students. I first taught 2nd grade and later moved to 3rd grade. I am currently beginning my 9th year of affiliation with ACA; this is my 5th year as Head of School.

3. What are you enjoying most about being a part of ACA? 

Apart from being a wife, mother, and homemaker, this is the most incredible place I have ever “worked”. The like-mindedness of families, be they students or faculty, contributes mightily to my positive experience here at ACA. My favorite part of ACA work is getting to know students and families. My second favorite part is helping students succeed at a difficult task or challenge, whether it be learning to read more fluently, reciting a difficult passage, or competing well in a spelling bee.

4. What is your favorite book and who is your favorite author? 

I love being inspired to be “more”– more in touch with God, more attentive to needs around me, more aware of current events and how we have arrived at our current state of affairs. As a result I enjoy books that feed this hunger –biographies, histories, historical fiction, and “methods” of improvement (Biblical and otherwise). I am currently reading Devoted, by Tim Challies, a compilation of short biographies of Godly men and the influence their mothers had in their lives. My favorite author in general is Jane Austen. I had a “Jane Austen” summer several years ago when I read several of her books. By the end of the summer I found myself thinking with a British accent!

5. What is something the Lord is teaching you today?

Today the Lord is teaching me to trust Him fully with the future – my own and that of those around me (including you, as you read this). He knows. He cares. He’s in control!

Picture Proofs Coming Home

Picture proofs from school picture day will be coming home today! Attached is the order form to order your child’s headshots and a class photo. These will be due back to Mrs. Richburg on Thursday, November 1. So be sure to place your order soon!

Science Olympiad Meeting

There will be a meeting for all those in the 3rd-6th grade who are interested in Science Olympiad on Tuesday, October 30th immediately after school. Attending the meeting is not a commitment to participate and if you can’t attend, but are interested, email Mrs. Walker athwalker.aca@gmail.com.

Winter Camp

Flyers for Winter Camp went home today with the K-5th graders! Winter Camp will be Dec. 10-14 at the school from 8:00-2:30 and will be “Winter” themed. Spots are limited, so if you are interested bring the form and payment to Mrs. Nichols or
Mrs. Richburg!

Reminders

 

10-11-18

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The House System:  Working Out the Kinks

As with any new system or process, we have discovered rough edges in the ACA House System that need smoothing.  I have heard from students, parents, and teachers and we all agree that there are elements of the House System that are positive.  The house captains met with me yesterday and they all agreed that they enjoy having more people work together for community service.  They enjoy being a part of a team that includes students beyond their own grade, and they enjoy the competitiveness between the houses.

On the contrary, the house captains pointed out that they do not like the point structure of the community service and that they all want the students to contribute to their community in a selfless way in order to better honor God (and not simply participate in order to earn points).  The house captains also noted that they want to have teachers rescind the gift of a golden ticket (given to a student when a teacher catches a student doing good beyond what is generally expected) when the receiving student demonstrates any behavior other than humility and appreciation (as in football… “excessive celebration”).

Having heard from so many folks, please find below the House System update that goes into effect next Monday, October 15.  Mrs. Cox and I went to each house during their weekly meeting today to go over the details.  If you hear thoughts or concerns from your students that could continue to improve the system, please have them go to their house captain, to Mrs. Cox, or to me.  I am very thankful for the leadership that the four captains are showing!  THEY are truly “working out the kinks”!

House System Update* (10-11-18) Beginning October 15
1.  Points for Progress Reports given for 5 subjects:  Math, Latin, Chr St, Literature, Grammar/Logic (6th grade chooses either Grammar or Logic).
“A” receives 100 pts.
“B” receives 50 pts.
2. Students may earn 50 pts per week for turning in all assignments on time AND an additional 50 pts. per week for being respectful to their teachers.
3. Altruistic Autumn:  Community service shall be completed to honor God and for the good of the community.  No points will be awarded for community service for the rest of fall semester, 2018.  Houses are still encouraged to work on projects independently and together as a House.  (“Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God.”  1 Corinthians 10:31)
4. Students who attend a school spirit night receive 50 pts.
5. Golden Ticket receives 100 pts but can be taken away if student acts unbecomingly (bragging or boasting).  We want to see a spirit of humility in our students.
6. House competitions will be planned where points will be awarded based on the competition winners and on good sportsmanship.  These points are recorded once per House by the captain.
7. House winners will be determined by semester, and the winning House will keep the House trophy in their meeting room for the next semester.
*The above alterations and clarifications to the House System were made based on input from the four House Captains in a meeting with Mrs. Durbin on October 10, 2018.

Faculty Focus: Mrs. Karen Cox- Aide, House System

Tell us about yourself. Family? Hometown? Pets?
I just celebrated my 10 year anniversary with my wonderful husband, Clay, this past June.  We have two daughters, Cassidy (8) and Chloe (6).  Our other family member, Nugget, joined us this past summer from Orange Beach.  Talk about an expensive souvenir!  I grew up in Richmond Hill, GA and moved to this area after graduating Valdosta State University to work at Camp Marannook (located in LaFayette, AL).  During my third year serving at camp, I met Clay at a church event and the rest is history. We enjoy spending time together as a family and we do a lot of laughing– mainly because my husband is a comedian.  No, seriously, he travels to do comedy shows on the side.  We also enjoy worshiping together at Lakeview Baptist Church.  This past year we have been doing respite care for DHR and have enjoyed the opportunity to love on children who visit our home.

How did you come to learn about ACA and decide to work here?
We found out about ACA through friends whose children were attending.  Both of our girls benefited greatly by starting out their school years in ACA Kindergarten.  Last year the door opened up for me to work at ACA as an aide while both girls attended.

What are you enjoying most about being a part of ACA? 
It has been a fun challenge implementing a House System to our school.  I have enjoyed looking for enrichment activities that help foster good problem solving skills as well as encourage healthy competition. I like seeing how the groups have become more cohesive and comfortable with each other since the first time they met.

What is your favorite book and who is your favorite author?
I do love a good book, though I don’t read as much as I’d like these days. I loved reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and other Narnia books to our girls.  Brought back memories of sharing passages of it with teens I worked with at camp.  I love books by Elisabeth Elliot also.

What is something the Lord is teaching you today? 
This season I think He is teaching me about how His plans are best and how He is the great comforter.  Even in times of loss, His mercy and love are still great.  Even though we don’t know all His future plans for me and my family, I can trust Him.  I think He has reminded me how important it is to care for each other and build each other up by seeing how kind and thoughtful the body of Christ was to our family during a recent loss.

Long Sleeve Tshirt/ Sweatshirt Orders

We will be doing another long sleeve tshirt and sweatshirt order! Orders will be due October 31st. Make checks payable to ACA. Click on this link to get the order form:   https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3A26852f43-09d6-4543-93f3-b1abf3a06676

Gymnastics Classes Restarting

FlipzKids has decided to offer another gymnastics class on Thursday afternoons at the school for children ages 5-9. Students can be new or returners. The cost is $85.00 for 6 weeks and will begin October 25. We have registration forms in the office if you are interested!

Afternoon Art Class

Due to the weather, Mrs. Goodenough’s afterschool art class will not begin until October 24th. If your child is still interested, you can make a check payable to Smart at Art for $90.00 and bring it to the office. Again, they are painting fall/winter themes and will be for 5 weeks on Wednesdays.

Reminders

  • Don’t forget to order your yearbook! Order forms are due Tuesday, October 16th!
  • Lunch orders for November must be in by Monday, October 15th!
  • We will be out October 17-19 for Fall Break. Enjoy time with your family!