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ACA Column, May 4, 2017

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Thank you, Parents.

What an amazing final week of school we have shared. Thank you, parents, for making our last week exceptionally special by showering all of us teachers with cards, pictures, gifts, food, and more food. And did I say food? One of my most challenging decisions as I daily prepare for school is what to take for lunch. The delicious breakfasts and lunches you provided for us were truly a blessing. We were able to concentrate on the student and classroom details that were looming around us. Thank you for such thoughtful acts of kindness.

Thank you, more, for trusting us with your children over the past year. It is with great sadness that I concluded Assembly this morning. The year has been one of evidence of God’s “holding us together” as we moved to our current location and celebrated another moment of maturity as a school. I look forward to seeing how God continues to direct us.

Have a “wonder-full” summer with your families!

Report Cards

Year-end Report Cards may be picked up next Thursday, May 11th between 9 a.m.-1:00 p.m. A parent MUST pick-up the report card from the office so that you may sign the original to be kept in the student’s file. You will then receive a copy of the original.  Report cards will not be released until we have a signed copy of the final report card for 2016-2017.

If you wish to schedule a parent conference with your child’s teacher(s), please contact the teacher(s) as soon as possible to schedule conference times.

2017/18 Supply Kits

Last year proved successful so we are doing it again…online “SCHOOL SUPPLY KITS”!

Here is how it works…your options:

OPTION 1:  ORDER BY MAY 11th 

  • Shop online @ http://www.shopttkits.com/search?filter=&search=28965%20TOALLSCHOOL&type=q&keywordoption=ANY&cid=0&fltrdesc=
  • Enter Account # 28965
  • Purchase kit for your child’s grade.
  • Backpacks, water bottles and lunchboxes are also available online.
  • Supplies will be ready for your child at the Student & Parent Orientation Day August 3rd. Your first homework assignment will be to help your children label the items in their pencil boxes before returning to school August 7th.
  • This one-time fee covers all “classroom essential” items like tissue, sanitizing wipes, etc.

A side note: on the list, you will see some * (starred) items. Staples guarantees these items for the whole school year. Please contact me if you need replacements. What a fantastic guarantee!

OPTION 2: (DIY option)

  • Shop on your own using supply list for your grade
  • Backpacks, water bottles and lunchboxes are available online if you want to purchase those items only and not the school supplies.
  • Bring supplies to the Student & Parent Orientation Day on August 3rd

Summer Office Hours

Please make note of our summer office hours. Next week the office will be open Thursday, May 11th from 9 am until 1 pm. From then the office will be closed until Monday, June 4th. Summer office hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 am until 1 pm.

ACA Column, April 27, 2017

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2017 New American Cursive Penmanship Contest

Congratulations Souppee Hooks and Wake Wages! Souppee and Wake won first place in the New American Cursive Penmanship Contest for the second grade at Auburn Classical Academy.

Final Week of 2016/17

During the final week of school students will be permitted to wear their Thursday uniforms. This means T-Shirt Day all week! On Thursday, May 4th, students may wear athletic shorts and a favorite baseball cap with their ACA t-shirt. As in the past, dismissal is at noon the last day of school. Athletic shorts must be in keeping with our dress standards; no more than 2″ above the knee. 

Spirit Night

Join us Wednesday, May 3rd at Chipotle,  in Tiger Town, between the hours of 5 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.! Mention ACA and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to ACA.

Report Cards

Year-end Report Cards may be picked up on Thursday, May 11th between 9 a.m.-1:00 p.m. A parent MUST pick-up the report card from the office so that you may sign the original to be kept in the student’s file. You will then receive a copy of the original.  Report cards will not be released until we have a signed copy of the final report card for 2016-2017.

If you wish to schedule a parent conference with your child’s teacher(s), please contact the teacher(s) as soon as possible to schedule conference times.

ACA Column, April 24, 2017

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Thespian Thursday

Thursday, April 27th students have the option of attending school dressed as their favorite character from one of the books they have read this year as part of their class curriculum. Character choices may be from books that were read over a break as an assignment or in-class read aloud books. Students should seek approval for their character costume from their teacher. All attire should be tasteful and in keeping with ACA dress standards. Students that choose not to participate in Thespian Thursday may wear their usual ACA Thursday uniform.

Usborne Book Fair This Week

April 26-27 we will be hosting an Usborne Book Fair in the Assembly Room. Students will have the opportunity to shop at a scheduled time with their class. Purchases may also be made at http://g4765.myubam.com/ any time from now through April 27th. Families are also able to gift books by grade using the wish lists on the shopping site. Feel free to share with out of town family and friends who are unable to attend the fair. All purchases made through the link will help ACA earn free books.

Final Week of 2016/17

During the final week of school students will be permitted to wear their Thursday uniforms. This means T-Shirt Day all week! On Thursday, May 4th, students may wear athletic shorts and a favorite baseball cap with their ACA t-shirt. As in the past, dismissal is at noon the last day of school. Athletic shorts must be in keeping with our dress standards; no more than 2″ above the knee. 

Spirit Night

Join us Wednesday, May 3rd at Chipotle,  in Tiger Town, between the hours of 5 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.! Mention ACA and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to ACA.

Report Cards

Year-end Report Cards may be picked up on Thursday, May 11th between 9 a.m.-1:00 p.m. A parent MUST pick-up the report card from the office so that you may sign the original to be kept in the student’s file. You will then receive a copy of the original.  Report cards will not be released until we have a signed copy of the final report card for 2016-2017.

If you wish to schedule a parent conference with your child’s teacher(s), please contact the teacher(s) as soon as possible to schedule conference times.

 

ACA Column, April 13, 2017

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Mrs. Durbin’s Musings

In this modern world of everyday miracles (indoor plumbing, electric lighting, internet information, rapid world travel, virtual travel, etc.) I find myself nonchalant, even numb, when I think of the miracle of God’s love for me and His all-encompassing plan for my salvation through His life, death, and resurrection.

This week I read an account of a grandparent who chronicled her granddaughter’s reaction to a dramatic presentation of Jesus’ life.  I have shared it with you in this week’s Column.  This Easter weekend, may we all, like Bailey,  have a fresh view of the wonder of our God’s love for us.  (Warning:  Tissues may be needed.)

Bailey’s Jesus

God recently allowed me to see Jesus through the eyes of someone seeing Him for the first time. Having the advantage of knowing how the story ends, we can easily forget the cost of our redemption and the love of our Savior.

Every year we attend a local church pageant at Christmas time, which tells the story of Jesus from His birth through His resurrection. It is a spectacular event, with live animals and hundreds of cast members in realistic costumes. The magi enter the huge auditorium on llamas from the rear, descending the steps in pomp and majesty. Roman soldiers look huge and menacing in their costumes and makeup.

Of all the years we have attended, one stands out indelibly in my heart. It was the year we took our then three-year-old granddaughter, Bailey, who loves Jesus. She was mesmerized throughout the entire play, not just watching, but involved as if she were a player. She watches as Joseph and Mary travel to the Inn and is thrilled when she sees the baby Jesus in His mother’s arms.

When Jesus, on a young donkey, descends the steps from the back of the auditorium, depicting His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Bailey was ecstatic. As he neared our aisle, Bailey began jumping up and down, screaming, “Jesus, Jesus! There’s Jesus!” Not just saying the words but exclaiming them with every fiber of her being. She alternated between screaming his name and hugging us. “It’s Jesus. Look!”

I thought she might actually pass out. Tears filled my eyes as I looked at Jesus through the eyes of a child in love with Him, seeing Him for the first time. How like the blind beggar screaming out in reckless abandon, “Jesus, Jesus!”, afraid he might miss Him, not caring what others thought. (Mark 10:46-52)

This was so much fun.

Then came the arrest scene. On stage, the soldiers shoved and slapped Jesus as they moved Him from the Garden of Gesthemane to Pilate. Bailey responded as if she were in the crowd of women, with terror and anger. “Stop it!” she screamed. “Bad soldiers, stop it!” As I watched her reaction, I wished we had talked to her before the play. “Bailey it’s OK. They are just pretending.”

“They are hurting Jesus! Stop it!”

She stood in her seat reacting to each and every move. People around us at first smiled at her reaction, thinking “How cute!”. Then they quit smiling and began watching her watch Him. In a most powerful scene, the soldiers lead Jesus carrying the cross down the steps of the auditorium from the back They were yelling, whipping, and cursing at Jesus, who was bloodied and beaten.

Bailey was now hysterical. “Stop it! Soldiers! Stop it,” she screamed. She must have been wondering why all these people did nothing. She then began to cry instead of scream. “Jesus, Oh, Jesus!” People all around us began to weep as we all watch this devoted little disciple see her Jesus beaten and killed as those first century disciples had.

Going back and forth between her mother’s lap and mine for comfort, she was distraught. I kept saying, “Bailey, it’s OK. Jesus is going to be OK. These are just people pretending to be soldiers. She looked at me like I was crazy. In my lap, we talked through the cross and burial. “Watch, Bailey, watch for Jesus!”

The tomb began to tremble and lightening flashed as the stone rolled away. A Super Bowl touchdown cheer couldn’t come close to matching this little one’s reaction to the resurrection. “Jesus! He’s OK. Mommy, it’s Jesus!” I prayed that she wasn’t going to be traumatized by this event, but that she would remember it. I shall never forget it. I shall never forget seeing Jesus’s suffering, crucifixion, and resurrection through the eyes of an innocent child.

Following the pageant the actors all assembled in the foyer to be greeted by the audience. As we passed by some of the soldiers Bailey screamed out, “Bad soldier, don’t you hurt Jesus.” The actor who portrayed Jesus was some distance away surrounded by well-wishers and friends. Bailey broke away from us and ran toward him, wrapping herself around his legs, holding on for dear life. He hugged her and said, “Jesus loves you.” He patted her to go away. She wouldn’t let go. She kept clinging to Him, laughing and calling His name. She wasn’t about to let go of her Jesus.

I think God in heaven stopped whatever was going on that day and made all the angels watch Bailey. “Now, look there! You see what I meant when I said, ‘Of such is the kingdom of heaven?'”

Bailey’s reaction should be our reaction every day. When we think of Him, who He is, what He did for us, and what He offers us, we have to say, how can we do anything less than worship Him?

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ACA Column, April 6, 2017

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Scrip Gift Cards

We are drawing close to the end of the school year. If you are planning to give gift cards to grads, as year end gifts, or if you will be traveling over the summer… please consider Scrip, so that ACA will receive a rebate from your purchase. You won’t spend any extra time or money, and there are no donations. You’re simply earning rebates by shopping with gift cards instead of cash or credit.

Mrs. Deist will be placing a physical gift card order Tuesday April 18th, so you will have the cards by the week of 4/24.

Return the attached form directly to Mrs. Deist with payment, or place in a sealed envelope addressed to her in her school mailbox, by Monday 4/17/17. Checks are payable to ACA.

If you already have established a Scrip account, please place your order online. http://www.shopwithscrip.com/ The order for physical cards will be submitted 4/18/17.

Grandparents’ Day

You and your family are invited to attend our annual Grandparents’ Day on Thursday, April 20th at 9:00 am.  This will be an opportunity for the students to showcase some of the material they have learned this year.  The event will be held in the Assembly Room.

Following the presentations, join us for a reception in the Lunch Room.  Students will be dismissed from school at noon, following the reception.  If you do not plan to attend this event, please make arrangements for your student to be picked up at noon.  Our desire is that a shortened day will allow family to enjoy extended time together.

We ask that students wear their best chapel attire for this event.  In light of this, chapel attire will not be required on Wednesday, April 19th.  Students will be allowed to wear their ACA T-Shirts on Wednesday in place of Thursday.

If you would like to volunteer for Grandparents’ Day, and have not already, please email Mrs. Vaughan. Her email address can be found in your ACA Family Directory.

Thespian Thursday

Thursday, April 27th students have the option of attending school dressed as their favorite character from one of the books they have read this year as part of their class curriculum. Character choices may be from books that were read over a break as an assignment or in-class read aloud books. Students should seek approval for their character costume from their teacher. All attire should be tasteful and in keeping with ACA dress standards. Students that choose not to participate in Thespian Thursday may wear their usual ACA Thursday uniform.

Usborne Book Fair

April 26-27 we will be hosting an Usborne Book Fair in the Assembly Room. Students will have the opportunity to shop at a scheduled time with their class. Purchases may also be made at http://g4765.myubam.com/ any time from now through April 27th.  Families are also able to gift books by grade using the wish lists on the shopping site. Feel free to share with out of town family and friends who are unable to attend the fair. All purchases made through the link will help ACA earn free books.

Spirit Night

Join us Wednesday, May 3rd at Chipotle,  in Tiger Town, between the hours of 5 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.! Mention ACA and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to ACA. Pre-order a Chipotle gift card from Scrip and ACA will receive an additional 10%.

 

ACA Column, March 30, 2017

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From the Board…

Thank you for taking time to complete the ACA Survey over the recent weeks.  We very much appreciate your perspective. We look forward to sharing results with you soon.

Scrip Gift Cards

We are drawing close to the end of the school year. If you are planning to give gift cards to grads, as year end gifts, or if you will be traveling over the summer… please consider Scrip, so that ACA will receive a rebate from your purchase. You won’t spend any extra time or money, and there are no donations. You’re simply earning rebates by shopping with gift cards instead of cash or credit.

Mrs. Deist will be placing a physical gift card order Tuesday April 18th, so you will have the cards by the week of 4/24.

Return the attached form directly to Mrs. Deist with payment, or place in a sealed envelope addressed to her in her school mailbox, by Monday 4/17/17. Checks are payable to ACA.

If you already have established a Scrip account, please place your order online. http://www.shopwithscrip.com/ The order for physical cards will be submitted 4/18/17.

Krispy Kreme Fundraiser

Thank you all for your participation in raising funds for our playground improvements. You raised $550!

Grandparents’ Day

You and your family are invited to attend our annual Grandparents’ Day on Thursday, April 20th at 9:00 am.  This will be an opportunity for the students to showcase some of the material they have learned this year.  The event will be held in the Assembly Room.

Following the presentations, join us for a reception in the Lunch Room.  Students will be dismissed from school at noon, following the reception.  If you do not plan to attend this event, please make arrangements for your student to be picked up at noon.  Our desire is that a shortened day will allow family to enjoy extended time together.

We ask that students wear their best chapel attire for this event.  In light of this, chapel attire will not be required on Wednesday, April 19th.  Students will be allowed to wear their ACA T-Shirts on Wednesday in place of Thursday.

Thespian Thursday

Thursday, April 27th students have the option of attending school dressed as their favorite character from one of the books they have read this year as part of their class curriculum.  All attire should be tasteful and in keeping with ACA dress standards. Students that choose not to participate in Thespian Thursday may wear their usual ACA Thursday uniform.

Usborne Book Fair

April 26-27 we will be hosting an Usborne Book Fair in the Assembly Room. Students will have the opportunity to shop at a scheduled time with their class. Look for more details in the weeks leading up to the Book Fair.

ACA Column: March 2, 2017

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Open House

Our final Open House for the 2017/18 school year is scheduled for next Tuesday, March 7th, from 8 am until 11 am. Help us market our school to other great families.

Mrs. Durbin’s Musings

A Bump in the Road with a “Classical” Solution

A student came to me recently expressing that she was having trouble with her math facts.  She has always  been a strong student and able to determine a way to be successful…until now.  A little exploration revealed that this young lady was attempting to calculate each fact as it appeared on a timed exercise.  While our classical approach to math involves initial understanding of calculation, speed requires memorizing the facts.  Once I explained the difference in approaches to the student, she agreed to work on her math facts differently.  She began practicing with flashcards in the car.  Her goal was to complete a section of fact cards every time she got into the car to go somewhere – church, ball practice, store, etc.  A couple of weeks later, she reported great improvement in her timed math exercises.  This young lady is a prime example of evidence for using the memory capability unique to the grammar stage of brain development.  Her willingness to change her approach resulted not only in better scores, but also in greater confidence in her own abilities.

Krispy Kreme FUNdraiser

On Thursday, February 23rd your students were sent 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, information.aca@gmail.com,  if you need additional order forms.

Geography Bee

Join us in congratulating Brenden Bryant for placing in the top 100 semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2017 Alabama National Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held at Samford University on Friday, March 31, 2017.

Catered Lunches

If you would like to order catered lunches for your student, please fill out the April order form and return it to the ACA Office with payment for the month. Order forms and payment are due to the ACA office no later than Thursday, March 23rd.

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 http://www.ourbighouse.org/ to learn more about BigHouse.

Crazy Hair Day

While our first grade students are on their field trip next Thursday, March 9th, students on campus will have the option of participating in Crazy Hair day.  Students should wear their usual Thursday uniform and their wackiest, tackiest hair style.

Box Tops

Thank you for sending in your Box Tops. Together we raised $157 for ACA!

ACA Column: February 23, 2017

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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, information.aca@gmail.com,  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 http://surgeopelika.com/ 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 http://www.ourbighouse.org/ to learn more about BigHouse.

 

UPCOMING ACA EVENTS:

TONIGHT – Open House, 6pm until 8pm

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

March 13th-16th – Spring Break

ACA Column: February 16, 2017

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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 http://surgeopelika.com/ 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.

Project Linus

National Make a Blanket Day is this 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, we 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 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 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!

 

ACA T-Shirts

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!  Please send your order form and payment to the ACA Office by Thursday, February 23rd.

 

Upcoming ACA Events:

February 23rd – Open House, 6pm until 8pm

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

March 13th-16th – Spring Break

ACA Column: February 9, 2017

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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.

Project Linus

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!

ACA T-Shirts

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

Catered Lunches

Order forms and payment are due to the ACA office no later than Thursday, February 16th.